Clocking up the hours

A recent research report argues teens spend 1200 hours a year on social media (Facebook, YouTube and other social media channels). This, of course, does not include the time they spend gaming or streaming TV. The study claims the constant connection to social media was also linked to bullying, trolling and lower self-esteem.

In addition to this, the study did not account for time they potentially spend online at school, either at the direction of the teacher or covertly checking in. It would seem plausible that such a deep and compelling behaviour to pick up the phone while watching TV, eating dinner, walking around etc., isn’t somehow set aside during their six hours a day at school.

The problem is very real. Young people/students increasingly live in separate worlds, do not understand each other’s perspective, or are even unaware of it, which is paradoxical given their access to information.