Youth and the Internet: 33 hours of school, 64 hours of Internet

18. July 2023 Published by Raphael Doerr

On average, young people between the ages of 16 and 18 have 33 hours of schooling a week, plus, of course, dozens of hours of homework and studying. True to the Latin saying: Non scholae, sed vitae discimus. The little free time that remains is spent more on sports and with friends. But the Internet will remain the “place to be” in 2023, and according to a survey, young people spend around 63.7 hours a week on it.

If smart TV and game consoles are included, it is almost 70 hours, as Postbank announced on Tuesday in its youth digital study. Twice as much time as in school to prepare for life in the metaverse or simply send pictures, Tiktok trends to like, listen to music or stream videos. The recommendation from the German Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) is just 2.5 hours a day or 17.5 hours a week for 16-year-olds.

What the study also shows, is that girls are online almost 7 hours longer than boys, and among female teenagers, the smartphone is the most popular device for Internet use. 94 percent of girls use their smartphones for their online activities, compared to 85 percent of boys. While girls spend an average of 43.4 hours surfing on their smartphones, boys spend 30.9 hours. Boys, on the other hand, are significantly more likely to use their desktop PC for the Internet.

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