Cybercom has conducted a study we call Youth Online to gain better understanding of how young people use and relate to the internet. The study is based on about thirty questions on the attitudes of adolescents towards the connected world and their use of the internet. The results of Youth Online include that seven out of ten respondents support banning mobile phones in the classroom during lessons. Almost half, 40 percent, also believe that their parents, siblings and friends use their mobile phones and tablets too much and too often.
Do you think mobile phones should be banned in the classroom during class?
Do you think your friends and family are using their mobile phone and/or tablet too much?
At the same time, we also see that they spend a lot of time with their own connected devices, of course. Just over half report that they spend more than four hours a day on weekdays connected to the net via mobile phone, tablet or PC. The figure is even higher on weekends and other days off - when eight out of ten spend more than four hours a day online.
But young people have a conflicted attitude towards their phones. About one third, 28 percent, report that they cannot do without their phones for more than an hour at a time, even though four out of ten think family members and friends use their mobile phones or tablets too much.
How long would it be okay for you to be without your mobile phone?
Video outranks social interaction
Looking at how the devices are used, the single-most common pastime is watching films or videos. Almost all (93 percent) of the adolescents who participated in the study report that they watch streamed film on YouTube or other streaming services during their free time. The second most common pastime is social interaction with friends on platforms like Kik, Snapchat and Messenger (82 percent), followed by listening to music, radio or podcasts (76 percent). More than seven out of ten play games online. There is a gender difference here: the figures are 92 percent for boys and 51 percent for girls.
What do you do when you have access to the internet on your free time?
Facts about the study:
Youth Online includes 1,049 interviews with young people aged 12 to 17 who live in Sweden. Commissioned by Cybercom, the study was conducted during the period of 22-30 May 2018 by market research firm Userneeds.
Download the entire Youth Online study here: /youthonline