Hi everyone, for this post I will be sharing information about how much students use technology in their everyday lives. This week I watched a movie called Screenagers. This movie explores the impact that technology and screens have on teenagers. It was filled with lots of interesting information about how much kids and teenagers use screens, as well as how technology effects them, which is what I will be talking about in my next post. One of the things that stood out to me in the movie was the amount of kids that did not have access to after school activities and how that caused them to turn to screens for entertainment. They explained how some teenage boys can spend an average of 1½ school days playing videogames per week, and many students find that they use many screens at once and may watch TV while playing a game on their phone and texting. (1)
Before watching Screenagers, I decided to conduct a survey with some of the Grade 8’s at my school. I asked them many questions about how they use technology. I discovered that 96% of them have over 2 hours of screen time every day, and only 44% of them have rules about how much screen time they are allowed at home.
I asked them what kinds of social media they use and found that 82% of them use Instagram, 44% use Snapchat, 12% use Facebook, 96% of them text (or any other kind of messaging), and 43% use Instagram, Snapchat and text. I also asked them which devices they use the most and found that 63% use cell phones the most.
When asked about videogames I found that 44% of them frequently play videogames and of that, only 19% frequently play violent videogames.
I also wanted to find out how technology affects their activities. I asked them whether their favourite activity to do at school relied on technology and only 6% of them said yes, but when asked if their favourite after school activity relied on technology, 19% said yes. I also asked them if they find that they are easily distracted by technology and have a hard time doing homework or other activities when they need to. 56% of them found that yes, they are distracted by technology.
Another thing that I was very curious about, was how they used their phones and other devices at school. 32% of them said that they do use their phone in class, and 44% of them think that we should be allowed our phones in class.
Technology has become remarkably prominent in teenagers' everyday lives. For my next post I will be researching how all of this technology affects them.