Online Overtakes TV for Younger Generation

According to research young people are spending more time playing and socialising online rather than watching television programmes.

The survey was conducted by research agency, Childwise, who described their findings as a "landmark change".

The research found a surge in children's ownership of tablet computers, which was up by 50% compared with last year and according to Childwise the average time youngsters spend online is now three hours per day compared with 2.1 hours watching television.

Less than a quarter of 15 to 16 year-olds watch television when it is broadcast rather than on a catch up or demand service, with Netflix overtaking all TV channels and emerging as the most popular choice.

The findings revealed that younger children go online to watch videos, listen to music, play games and research their homework whereas older children, in particular girls, use it for social networking.

The study uncovered how immersed children are becoming in both online activity and computer devices, and how both forms of media are increasingly overlapping.

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