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New Statistics On Teen Social Media Addiction

New statistics from a 2022 Common Sense Media report reveal that while social media use among teens is on the rise, they are finding less enjoyment from it, possibly due to addiction. The report provides the latest statistics on teen social media use:

  • 84 percent of teens use social media, and 62 percent use it daily.
  • Teens spend an average of 1 hour and 27 minutes per day scrolling through social media, a 17-minute increase from 2019.
  • Only one-third of teens report enjoying social media “a lot,” a decline from 40 percent in 2019.
  • 42 percent of teen girls enjoy social media, while only 27 percent of teen boys do.
  • Girls are also more likely to use social media every day (68 percent versus 57 percent for boys).
  • Instagram, TikTok, and Snapchat are the most popular social media sites for teens.
  • Social media use among tweens increased by 7 percentage points from 2019 to 2021, rising from 31 percent to 38 percent.

According to the Common Sense Census, “It appears that initiation into social media is tending younger at a relatively low rate, and while time devoted to social media among teens may be increasing, enjoyment levels are not”. This indicates an alarming pattern of increased use without corresponding satisfaction which could point towards addiction issues amongst teenagers. 

It is therefore important for parents and guardians to be aware of these trends and keep an eye out for any concerning behaviors. In addition, engaging in healthy activities such as sports or volunteering may help provide a more balanced lifestyle and reduce the risk of social media addiction.