Common Sense: Teens and Tweens Are Spending More and More Time on YouTube

76% of respondents aged 8 through 12 use the site, despite its minimum age of 13

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YouTube’s popularity among tweens and teens has surged in the past five years, at the expense of television, music, video games and mobile games, according to The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens, a study released Tuesday by nonprofit Common Sense.

Listening to music was the only activity that topped watching online videos, while reading lagged way behind in both age groups.

According to Common Sense, kids aged eight through 12 are averaging four hours and 44 minutes of screen time per day, while teens are averaging seven hours and 22 minutes, not including the use of screens at school or for homework.

The number of eight-year-olds with phones is now 19%, up from 11% when Common Sense ran its initial study of the same name in 2015, and 53% of kids now have their own smartphones by age 11, with that number rising to 69% by age 12.

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