Kids in Australia use more internet than TV
February 16, 2017
That’s according to a new study from Roy Morgan Research, which found that Australian kids aged 6-13 spend nearly 12 hours per week using the internet in 2016. Meanwhile, Australian kids spent 10.5 hours per week watching TV on average.
What a difference eight years makes. Back in 2008, kids in this age group spent just over 6 hours per week online. That means average weekly usage of the internet has grown by an average of 42 minutes per week since then.
At the same time, TV viewing among 6-13s went from 14.5 hours per week in 2008 to 10.5 hours last year. That’s a drop of about 28 percent.
At-home internet use still trails TV
While internet usage among youngsters in Australia is now higher than TV usage, a bit of context is necessary. For instance, nearly 30 percent of internet usage among kids is done outside of the home, such as at school or somewhere else where traditional TV is not an option.
By the at-home measure, TV still leads. Kids watch TV for an average of 630 minutes per week. At the same time, they use the internet at home for 503 minutes per week on average.
And while the study didn’t touch on it, it’s a safe bet that at least a portion of that at-home internet use is spent watching videos or consuming TV content.
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