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Survey: Teens have doubled their social media use

New research shows teenagers think social media distracts them, but makes them happier

Teenagers’ social media use has doubled in recent years, from 34 percent who reported using social media multiple times a day in 2012 to 70 percent reporting the same today, according to research from Common Sense.

Sixteen percent of surveyed teenagers say they use social media almost constantly, and 38 percent say they use it multiple times an hour.

In responses that will surprise no adults who have attempted to converse with teenagers, most teens say they prefer to text instead of talking face-to-face–35 percent of teens say texting is their preferred way to communicate with friends, followed by in-person communication (32 percent).

In 2012, that dynamic was markedly different–49 percent of teens said they preferred in-person communications, compared to 33 percent who preferred texting friends.

Laura Ascione

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