UK teenagers spend as much time online as watching TV
- Published: 25 Oct 2012 at 10.09
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The average British teenager has over 200 social media friends and spends 17.1 hours a week online, yet has never physically met a quarter of these "friends," according to a survey published this week.
The 2012 report "Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes" by UK media regulator Ofcom, published this week, shows that children are becoming prolific social networkers. The average 8-to-12-year-old has 92 online friends, with the number rising to 286 for the average 12-to-15-year-olds; this raises serious questions about how young people protect and share personal information, as every comment on a social networking site is likely to be shared with a large number of others.
The average British teenager has over 200 social media friends. ©RimDream/Shutterstock.com
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