Half of 14 and 15 Year Olds Addicted to the Internet, Says Recent Study

By Bryan Le 05/12/14

For many children, it's the last thing they look at before going to bed and the first thing they look at in the morning, if they sleep at all.


Almost half of kids aged 14-15 admit to being addicted to the Internet, a recent study finds. Of that number, over a quarter of them take an Internet-connected device with them to bed so they can always be online.

The study by Carphone Warehouse also found that 40 percent of girls compulsively use the internet for socialization, unable to even go for just one minute in a day without their social media devices. Boys were more likely to use the Internet for gaming.

The children polled told researchers that while the Internet was an absolutely essential tool for their education, they also found that their browsing habits worry them.

“It’s the first thing I look at in the morning and the last thing at night. It seems I’m constantly on it,” wrote an anonymous 10-year-old student.

“When I’m on YouTube one video leads to another and I cannot stop myself from watching loads of videos and sometimes I’m up till about 2 o’clock in the morning just because I’ve been watching YouTube videos,” said another participant.

Authorities recommend that parents take more active involvement in their child's internet habits and set safe-practice guidelines.

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Bryan Le grew up in the 90's, so the Internet is practically his third parent. This combined with a love for journalism led him to The Fix. When he isn't fulfilling his duties as Editorial Coordinator, he's obsessing over fancy keyboards he can't justify buying. Find Bryan on LinkedIn or Twitter