Do Teens Read or Screen Surf? Yes, Your Teens

October 2, 2023

Vea4_thumb_thumb_thumb_thumb_thumb_tNote: This essay is the work of a real and still-alive dinobaby. No smart software involved, just a dumb humanoid.

I am glad I am old. I read “Study Reveals Some Teens Receive 5,000 Notifications Daily, Most Spend Almost Two Hours on TikTok.” The write up is a collection of factoids. I don’t know if these are verifiable, but taken as a group, the message is tough to swallow. Here’s a sample of the data:

  • Time spent of TikTok: Two hours a day or 38 percent of daily online use. Why? “Reading and typing are exhausting.”
  • 20 percent of the teenies in the sample receive more than 500 notifications a day. A small percentage get 5,000 per day.
  • 97 percent of teenies were on their phone during the school day.

The future is in the hands of the information gatekeepers and quasi-monopolies, not parents and teachers it seems.

What will a population of swipers, scrollers, and kick-backer do?

My answer is, “Not much other than information grazing.”

Sheep need herders and border collies nipping at their heels.

Thus, I am glad I am old.

Stephen E Arnold, October 2, 2023


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