American Teens Average 10 Hours a Day on Screens
American youths age 11 to 18 average 10 hours per day of screen time, new research has found. That is a large majority of all waking hours, 70 hours every week.
- Research surveyed 1,600 American teenagers.
- Screen time includes social media, video chat, texting, shopping and gaming. Time spent doing more than one of these at a time is counted twice by the survey.
- The higher the screen time, the lower the mental health.
- There is a 14-hour disparity between teens living with intact families (63 hours weekly) and teens from non-intact families (77 hours weekly).
Mental health: The research adds to existing evidence that screen time hurts mental health.
“The study points out that high screen time for adolescents is correlated with depression, loneliness, lack of sleep, and negative body image. It does not mention the opportunity cost of diverting young people’s free time to entertainment consumption instead of personal development that benefits others, such as learning to repair bicycles, playing outside, testing out jobs through work and internships, or working to save for college or marriage.”
Preparatory years: Screen time often harms brain operation. It reduces concentration, teaches shallow thinking, and prevents maturation. As the Federalist notes, screen time is becoming a national crisis because it is stunting the minds of tomorrow’s leaders.
“The years between ages 16 and 25 are the vitally important years of adult preparation for life’s work. These are the crucial years of preparation. During these years the mind is capable of acquiring faster than at any other stage of life the advanced knowledge needed before beginning one’s adult career—whether it be business, profession, occupation or marriage. … After age 25, the mind which has stagnated since age 16 finds it difficult to enter upon more mature study.”
—Herbert W. Armstrong, The Missing Dimension in Sex
Family breakdown: Why do parents allow 70 hours of screen time per week when it is clearly so destructive? Either they too are screen addicts, or they choose to not exercise their authority and protect their children.
Breaking free: You can be free from the scourge of screen time. Breaking any addiction is difficult, but it is possible.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Read: “How to Crush Screen Addiction” will show how you and your family can break free from the slavery of screen time.