Given the number of Apple iPhones on the streets, it seems that most people are almost constantly connected to the web in some form or another. And, while past generations had to make due without online resources like Wikipedia, students now could hardly imagine writing a paper without them.
Recently, cybersecurity software developer McAfee released a study about the online habits of American teenagers from 13 to 17 years of age, which involved surveying 2,017 teens and parents across the country. While parents reportedly believed their children spent about two hours online a day, most of the young respondents said they spent roughly five hours on the internet each day.
And, while school-related research may account for some of that time, a considerable amount is probably spent maneuvering social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. The source states that 89.5 percent of teen survey-takers had Facebook accounts, and 60 percent of users checked them daily, if not constantly.
The study also showed the various methods that teens used to conceal their online activities from their parents, including clearing the internet history on their web browsers or closing various Windows on their Toshiba or Samsung laptops when their parents entered the room.
However, one of the most surprising takeaways from the study was the way that many teenagers accessed the internet in the first place. Instead of using mobile devices, the study shows that about 30 percent of teens primarily used desktop computers to go online, and more than 37 percent used notebooks and laptops to do so. Only 13.5 percent of teens said generally they surfed the web on their smartphones, while 5 percent had regular access to tablets.
Given this research, parents who are looking for new devices for their children should speak to a PortableOne computer specialist about more substantial pieces of hardware rather than as well as the latest mobile equipment.