The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens

November 3, 2015

This is a large-scale study that explores young people's use of the full range of media and technology. It offers a comprehensive picture of the use of media by kids, age 8 to 18 in the U.S., including the level of enjoyment, frequency of use, and amount of time devoted to a wide array of media activities and devices. Watch our video below and see our infographic or blog post for highlights.

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Teens and Smartphones: How many teens own smartphones, how much do they use them, and what are they doing on them?
Television- and Video-Viewing Habits: How are tweens and teens watching TV shows and online videos: on televisions, smartphones, computers, or tablets?
Digital-Equity Gaps: How do media and device access and usage differ among children from lower-, middle-, and higher-income homes?
Homework and Multitasking: To what extent are teens using screen media for homework, and how do they feel about multitasking while doing homework?
Hispanic Media Use: How are Hispanic tweens and teens using media, and how much time do they spend with different kinds of media, including TV shows, video games, music, and social media?
Parents and Media: What do parents know about their kids' media use, and how do parents and children talk about media, including what they do online, which games they play, and how they use social media?
Media-Use Profiles: Tweens and teens differ widely in what media they use and how they use it; what are the major media-user profiles?
Reading in the Digital Age: Is reading still an important part of tweens' and teens' lives? How does print reading compare to e-reading, and for how long are young people reading?