How much of your time is Screen Time? (2023)

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Written by Catherine Hiley, Senior Content Editor - Telecoms

13 September 2022

Understanding our screen time is now more important than ever, especially with the daily release of new apps, online services and addition to social media. Uswitch finds out just how much time we spend on our screens.

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As we spend an increasing amount of our time on our screens, it's no surprise that by 2020, the average adult spent three hours a day on social media. To find out how our habits have changed over the past two years, Uswitch has created a 2022 screen time report, to find out how UK adults interact with their screens, and what they do to reduce their screen time.

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Giving your child a dumb phone instead of a smartphone, or setting parental controls if they do have a smartphone can be a great way to reduce your child's time spent on screens, while still being able to get in touch with them when they’re out of the house.

The UK’s average screen time per day is five hours

Uswitch’s 2022 survey has found that the average screen time among UK adults is now five hours per day in addition to any screen related work. This has increased by two hours a day since 2020.

Where does the UK spend most of their screen time?

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The UK is a TV bingeing nation. Almost half of UK adults spend 3-4 hours watching TV per day. This equates to 1,095 hours watching TV shows and films per year, a combined total of over 33.6 billion hours a year.

The 2022 screen time report further highlighted that UK adults spend up to around two hours a day on Facebook, one hour and 30 mins on Instagram, one hour and 25 mins on Youtube and one hour and 15 mins on Tiktok. This totals up to six hours of social media screen time alone per day.

Which age group spends the most time on their screens?

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According to the latest mobile phone statistics for 2022, younger generations are spending less time watching TV, and more time scrolling through social media, with those aged 16-24 spending the most amount of time on Instagram compared to any other age group. In fact, almost one in 10 people aged between 16 and 24 spend seven hours a day on Instagram. That's 2,555 hours a year scrolling through the image-focused app.

Millennials, the last generation to grow up without smartphones and social media as we know it today, are most active at setting screen time limits, with almost half of those aged 25 to 34 setting daily caps.

Those aged over 55 seem content with their time spent on screens, with almost three in four not feeling the need to reduce their screen time at all.

Screen time differences between men and women

So what about scrolling habits when it comes to men and women? Interestingly, when looking at mobile apps, men spend more time on Twitter, TikTok and dating apps compared to women.

When it comes to setting screen time limits, the survey showed that men tend to spend an extra hour on their screens each day, limiting themselves to four hours compared to three hours for women. They also find it more difficult to stick to, with men being three times more likely to break their screen time limit than women.

It seems that the extra hour men spend on screens per day is most often spent watching TV, whereas women tend to spend their daily screen time on social media apps, such as Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.

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How much screen time is too much?

The most popular screen time limit is four hours in the UK, with one in five setting their cap at this number. Of those people who set themselves limits, almost 90% feel that it works in limiting their screen time overall.

But how much screen time is healthy? While many of us are not able to do our work without a screen every day, reducing our screen time outside of work can be hugely beneficial. Experts suggest that we should spend no more than two hours of screen time each day outside of work parameters. This means that the majority of adults in the UK need to reduce their screen time by more than half to stay within a recommended healthy range.

Screen time impact on mental health

Too much screen time affects your health, not only impacting mental health, but physical health as well, including eye fatigue, dry and irritated eyes and loss of focus. If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s probably a sign that your eyes need a rest. If you’re not able to take a break from your screen, then resting your eyes every 20 minutes can help, focusing on something around 20 feet away for 20 seconds at a time.

Finding a way to check your screen time regularly can also help you keep tabs on your usage. Most smartphones will allow you to set screen time limits, so that you are reminded if you have spent a certain amount of time on selected apps.

Tips on how to reduce your screen time

While many might be conscious of how much time they’re spending in front of screens thanks to Screen Time notifications, being surrounded by constant entertainment is addictive. Here are some tips to help reduce your screen time and its effects:

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FAQ's

Set device screen time caps. Your device will notify you when you have reached your limit and give you the option to extend or end your activity. This can help you reduce your screen time.

Checking your screen time on a Samsung mobile is slightly different, simply click on: Settings > Digital Wellbeing & parental controls > → > Screen time. This will display your daily screen time data, and allow you to set goals.

Checking your screen time on an iPhone is easy, simply click on: Settings > Screen Time > See All Activity. This will show you a breakdown of your trends when using your iPhone, looking at average usage, trends and weekly data. You can also set yourself limits for groups of apps or individual apps.

Screentime report 2020

Most of us will have received the dreaded Screen Time notification telling us how much time we’ve spent on our phones in the last week.

Research has revealed that in 2020 the average adult spent three hours a day on social media, in comparison to only 90 minutes in 2012. Further research has shown that spending too much time on your mobile phone can contribute to mental health issues.

We have looked into what percentage of our lives we spend glued to the screen and what effects this can have on our wellbeing.

UK adults spend half of every day in front of a screen

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Chart showing the gender split on social media

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While social media isn’t new (remember Myspace and Bebo?) the UK’s addiction to the platforms really took hold over the last decade. The decade that brought us Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat amongst others.

Our study reveals that in 2010, 51% of males and 56% of females aged between 16 - 24 had created at least one social media account. In comparison, in 2019 78% of males and 86% of females of the same age had a social media profile. The growth in these percentages demonstrates the younger generations' reliance on social media media that has become a staple in everyday life.

Social media has become a vital means of staying connected, whether we’re communicating on Facebook Messenger or using Tinder and Hinge to meet new people. These days, most new conversations don’t start by picking up the phone for a call, instead asking someone for their Instagram or Snapchat handle.

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Infographic showing the average screen time per day

Our study reveals that the average UK citizen spends up to 6.4 hours a day on the internet using any device, which is nearly the same amount of time as an average shift at work. In addition, the study shows that UK adults spend on average four hours a day watching TV, which is 1,350 hours per year! UK adults spend almost half of the day in front of the screen, browsing the internet and watching television.

In addition, we spend 1.8 hours a day on social media and 1.3 hours listening to music, totalling that UK adults are spending on average 4,542 hours in front of a screen each year.

Brits watch nearly 1,000 hours of TV every year

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Infographic showing the average adult daily screen time per platform

Sitting in front of the TV watching the news or the latest soap has been a staple in British culture since the 1950s. From live TV, streaming, gaming and YouTube to watching on demand, there are so many ways we consume television.

Despite the growth in streaming, live TV still holds its weight against the big streaming services, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. Our data reveals that Brits spend up to 21 hours a week watching live TV, which is equivalent to 997 hours a year!

A 2017 study from TV Licensing found the main public service broadcast channels (BBC1, BBC2, ITV/ STV/UTV, Channel 4 and Channel 5) held half of the total broadcast TV audience despite the growing list of choices consumers have today.

In second place is streaming, with UK adults spending 71 minutes per day using SVod services, equivalent to 398 hours per year. The TV Licensing study also found that in 2016 BBC iPlayer was the most popular streaming service among adults, with 61% of respondents saying they use it.

The study also revealed that 38% of respondents watched YouTube, with UK adults spending 48 minutes per day on the site - that’s 269 hours a year. Time spent watching YouTube has surpassed more traditional mediums, such as recorded playback and DVDs.

Americans spend on average 325 hours a year on Facebook

Social networks have revolutionised how we communicate with one another. Long gone are the days where you would need a landline or Yellow Pages to communicate. 85% of Americans have a smartphone with its main use to communicate through social media apps.

The study reveals that Americans are spending 35 minutes on average a day using social media, which is 195 hours a year. The biggest culprit in grabbing American’s attention is Facebook, with US users spending on average 58 minutes a day on the app, which is 325 hours a year!

Coming in at second is Instagram. The image sharing network is popular amongst Gen-Z and it’s not hard to see why so many Americans get sucked into scrolling through their feed for extensive periods of time. Americans are spending up to 53 minutes a day on these apps, which is equivalent to up to 297 hours a year.

We might not pay close attention to how much time we spend scrolling on our phones due to the endless news feeds that apps have today. But studies have shown that screen time releases dopamine to the brain which can negatively affect impulse control and, make screen time very addictive.

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Person watching Netflix with their feet up

With access to thousands of TV shows and movies ready to binge at our fingertips, research reveals that 74% of Americans are signed up to a streaming service. While we might think we’re paying attention to the latest episode of Stranger Things or true crime drama, many of us are often scrolling on our phones at the same time.

Our study shows that Americans are spending similar amounts of time watching TV (3.29 hours) and on their mobile (3.49 hours) per day. According to Neilsen, many use their mobiles as an extension of entertainment. 71% of subjects from Neilsen’s study said they used their smartphone to find out more information about what they’re watching, 41% said they use devices to send messages about what they're watching, and 28% said they used social-media apps to read and write posts during the show.

Our study also revealed which American states spend the most time on screens, with Arizona coming in first place with an average of 4.6 hours per day or 1,546 hours per year. This is closely followed by Connecticut and Nevada with 4.4 hours per day, equivalent to four episodes of Game of Thrones or 12 episodes of The Simpsons. The state with the lowest screen time was Alabama whose residents consumed only 1.8 hours a day, followed by Vermont (2.1 hours) and Oklahoma (2.2 hours).

Gen-Z are spending a shocking nine hours per day in front of a screen

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Person looking at apps on phone screen

Since its launch in 2010, Instagram has gained one billion active users and is one of the most popular apps amongst Gen-Z. Our study reveals that its users are predominantly the ages 13-17 (6.8%), 18-24 (25.30%) and 25-34 (30.90%).

Facebook has seen a decline in users over the past few years especially in the younger demographic, with studies showing that 65% of Gen-Z check Instagram on a daily basis in comparison to 35% who do the same on Facebook. The younger generation is gravitating towards apps like Instagram and TikTok, as they allow them to be more creative and express themselves. Facebook is often seen as the place you’ll find your parents.

Our study has revealed that kids aged between 5-16 are spending up to nine hours a day in front of screens. A report by Commonsense Media revealed that the percentage of Gen-Z who say they watch online videos every day has more than doubled since 2015, from 24% to 56% among 8-12 year olds, and from 34% to 69% among 13-18 year olds.

Despite the boom in television content, the study reveals that tweens and teens are spending less time watching TV on a traditional television set. The percentage who say they enjoy watching TV has dropped from 61% to 50% among tweens, and from 45% to 33% for teens, over the past four years. Our study reveals that kids are spending the same amount of time on the internet as they are watching television, which suggests that they are doing this simultaneously.

Too much screen time can have effects on mental and physical health

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(Video) Screen Time Effects On Children By Pediatrician (How To Create ScreenTime Rules)

While we might enjoy watching the latest vlog, calling friends on FaceTime or posting to Instagram, spending too much time staring at a screen does have a downside. There is a big correlation between screen time and its effects on health.

Too much time in front of the screen can have adverse health effects, from weight gain and poor sleep to increased susceptibility to certain diseases. The increase in screen time goes hand in hand with sedentary behaviour, which in turn could lead to poorer physical health and wellbeing. In addition, the constant use of screens has a negative effect on sleep for children and young people, which is vital for good wellbeing and health.

Numerous studies reveal that extensive periods of screen time can lead to depression and anxiety. With the growth of social media apps comes unrealistic standards that are portrayed on these apps to show the “perfect” life. These comparisons can lead to negative thoughts, low self esteem and confidence issues. Studies have shown that adults who watched TV or used a computer for more than six hours per day were more likely to experience moderate to severe depression.

Tips to reduce your screen time

While many might be conscious of how much time they’re spending in front of screens thanks to Screen Time notifications, being surrounded by constant entertainment is addictive. Here are some tips to help reduce your screen time and its effects:

  • Go easy on the eyes and turn on dark mode.

  • Make a note of how much time you’re spending in front of a screen and make a consistent effort to reduce your screen time. This can be done by implementing a no phones before bed rule, setting a time limit on social media apps through your phones settings so you can’t access them or going on a walk at lunch time rather than scrolling.

  • Take on a new hobby, whether you’ve always wanted to become the next Bob Ross at painting or you’d like to try out a new fitness class at the gym, it’s the perfect way to get away from the screen for an hour.

  • Take a digital detox by substituting your usual binge watching with spending more time with friends or getting creative in the kitchen.

Methodology

Using data collated from OfCom, Statista, NHSGGC and Broadband Search, we’ve looked into the percentage of our time spent in front of screens and what effects this can have on wellbeing.

All data is correct as of 2 June 2021.

Methodology and sources

Original data (Screen time report 2020)

Using data collated from OfCom, Statista, NHSGGC and Broadband Search, we’ve looked into the percentage of our time spent in front of screens and what effects this can have on wellbeing.

All data is correct as of 2 June 2021.

Sources

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The Drum

Nielsen

Screen time report 2022

A 2022 survey was run on 10/08/2022-11/08/2022 by Uswitch, asking 2,005 UK adults the following:

  • What's your screen time per day?

  • How many hours of TV do you watch per day?

  • How many hours do you spend on Facebook each day?

  • How many hours do you spend on Instagram each day?

  • How many hours do you spend on Twitter each day?

  • How many hours do you spend on TikTok each day?

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  • How many hours do you spend on Youtube each day?

  • How many hours do you spend on Dating apps each day?Have you set a screen time limit?

  • What is your screen time limit per day?

  • How do you set this limit?

  • Does it work?

  • Would you like to reduce your screen time?

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FAQs

Is 12 hours of screen time OK? ›

"Most experts agree that adults should limit screen time to less than two hours per day outside of work-related activities," Dr.

How much screen time a day is normal? ›

In the US, kids between ages 8 and 12 spend an average of 4 to 6 hours per day looking at screens, while teenagers may spend as much as 9 hours per day. Adults in the US spend even more time on screens – on average just over 10.5 hours each day.

Is 3 hours of screen time healthy? ›

What's a healthy amount of screen time for adults? Experts say adults should limit screen time outside of work to less than two hours per day. Any time beyond that which you would typically spend on screens should instead be spent participating in physical activity.

How many hours on phone is addiction? ›

Around a quarter of those who showed signs of addiction used their phone for three hours a day, and a further 18.5 per cent said they used their device for more than five hours each day.

How do I stop screen addiction? ›

The first step is admitting you have a problem.
  1. Recognize the issue. Just as with other addictions, the first step to beating your screen viewing compulsion is admitting you have a problem.
  2. Amplify your sensory environment. ...
  3. Delineate your workday. ...
  4. Have a clear purpose to your screen time. ...
  5. Devote some time to silence.
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How many kids is too many? ›

Since having five or more kids is generally the cutoff point for being considered a “large” family, here are all the ways your parenting will change once you hit that pivotal plus-five milestone.

Does TV count as screen time? ›

"Screen time" is a term used for activities done in front of a screen, such as watching TV, working on a computer, or playing video games. Screen time is sedentary activity, meaning you are being physically inactive while sitting down. Very little energy is used during screen time.

Does screen time worsen eyesight? ›

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) contends there is currently no scientific evidence that demonstrates blue light from electronic devices is harmful or damaging to one's eyes.

Does Spotify count as screen time? ›

Does Listening to Spotify Add Screen Time? Spotify does not count as screen time as long as the Spotify app display isn't showing. If it's out of view, it's not considered screen time, so just listening to Spotify without the display showing on the screen will not count.

What is the average screen time in 2022? ›

Average Screen Time Stats 2022

Globally, people average 6 hours 58 minutes of screen time per day. Daily screen time has increased by nearly 50 minutes per day since 2013.

How many hours should a 14 year old play video games? ›

Put clear limits on your child's gaming.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests time allotted should be under 30 to 60 minutes per day on school days and 2 hours or less on non- school days.

What is the average screen time for a teenager 2022? ›

According to data published by JAMA Pediatrics, screen time among teens doubled from 3.8 hours per day to 7.7 hours.

What is average screen time Iphone? ›

In its US users' screen time statistics, Apple found, Gen X spends 169 minutes on their phone per day and Baby Boomers spend 136 minutes.

How long should you be off your phone? ›

But just how often do we need to shut off our smartphones? As opposed to how often you need to shut down your computer, your smartphone has a more hard and fast rule you should live by: once a week, shut it off, let it rest at least one minute, and then you can fire it back up.

How many hours of mobile usage is safe for eyes? ›

This is why it is important that they should limit screen time outside work. It must be less than two hours per day and anything beyond is considered harmful.

Do screens damage your brain? ›

However, with research showing that excess screen time can impair brain development or even lead to long-term medical conditions such as diabetes, it's time to stop ignoring the risks of overdosing on our screens.

How do I get my 12 year old off the screen? ›

Some things a child can do instead of looking at a screen include:
  1. Communicate with parents and siblings.
  2. Socialize with friends.
  3. Read books.
  4. Be creative and use her imagination.
  5. Play outside and enjoy nature.
  6. Do homework.
  7. Carry out family chores.
  8. Get enough rest.
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How much screen time should a 12 year old have? ›

The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages media use by children younger than 2 and recommends limiting older children's screen time to no more than one or two hours a day.

What size family is happiest? ›

In a study conducted by Dr Bronwyn Harman from the Edith Cowan University in Perth, it was found that parents with four or more children are the happiest parents.

Do babies feel pain during birth? ›

Doctors now know that newly born babies probably feel pain. But exactly how much they feel during labor and delivery is still debatable. "If you performed a medical procedure on a baby shortly after birth, she would certainly feel pain," says Christopher E.

Is an only child a lonely child? ›

MYTH: Only children are lonely. FACT: Only children can have as many friends as their peers with siblings do.

What age has the most screen time? ›

Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the average screen time (including television) by age: kids 8–10 years old spend six hours on screens, kids from 11–14 spend nine hours, and teens 15–18 spend seven-and-a-half hours on screens per day.

Is it too late to reduce screen time? ›

There's a lot of good to come from kids' access to high-quality digital media, including increased social connection and exposure to brain-stimulating content. But it's smart to set limits, and never too late to create healthy rules around screen time.

Is Dark mode better for your eyes? ›

Dark mode doesn't directly reduce eye strain, but it can offer some relief. For example, in a dim setting, a bright screen has your eyes working harder. On the contrary, a dark screen in a brightly lit room will have the same effect. -Easier to read.

What is the average eyesight for a 14 year old? ›

20/40 for children 3 to 4 years old. 20/30 for older children. 20/20 for school-age children.

How accurate is Iphone screen time? ›

Apple's Screen Time feature is half-baked,” Murphy writes. “It does exactly what it's supposed to do, and that's why it's an inconsistent and inaccurate way to really get a sense of your device addiction habits.”

What does screen time include? ›

Screen time is the amount of time spent using a device with a screen such as a smartphone, computer, television, or video game console. The concept is under significant research with related concepts in digital media use and mental health.

Does listening to music with phone off count as screen time? ›

What counts as Screen Time? Screen time only works when the phone is on and being used. If you're playing music or a podcast through your phone while the screen is off, it doesn't count as screen time.

What age do most kids get a phone 2022? ›

The research and advocacy organization found that the proportion of 8-, 9-, and 10-year-olds with smartphones nearly doubled in those years. But the majority of parents give their children a cellphone around the ages of 12 and 13.

Is 4 hours of screen on time good? ›

Battery life is a highly subjective thing. For some, getting 3-4 hours of screen-on time is more than adequate, others don't consider anything short of 6 to be enough.

How long should an 11 year old have screen time? ›

Yousuf said pediatricians generally recommend the following guidelines: Under 2 years old: Zero screen time, except for video chatting with family or friends. 2-5 years old: No more than one hour per day co-viewing with a parent or sibling. 5-17 years old: Generally no more than two hours per day, except for homework.

Why do gamers stay up all night? ›

The mental stimulation of video games and the blue light of screens can interfere with sleep patterns and melatonin (the sleep hormone) production, so gamers don't feel sleepy at bedtime. However, the later they play, the later they wake which can impact on school or work.

Is 4 hours of gaming too much? ›

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than two hours per day of screen-based entertainment.

Is it normal for a 16 year old to play video games? ›

Its 100% normal for anyone of any age to play video games. !

How long should a 14 year old be on their phone? ›

For years, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended no more than two hours of screen time for children and teenagers, and absolutely no screen time for children under 2.

Should a 9 year old have a phone? ›

Age 7 to 9 – The experts say “no phones.” Sure, you could argue that this is old enough to have a phone, but the brain is still in a serious developmental stage, and all technology has a major impact at this age.

Should parents limit screen time? ›

Experts recommend limiting screen time for children between the ages of two and five years old to one hour daily. That limit goes up for older kids. The key is consistency and finding what works best for your family. Use this quick guide to decide on what's right for you and your child.

What is the average screen time for a teenager? ›

On average, children ages 8-12 in the United States spend 4-6 hours a day watching or using screens, and teens spend up to 9 hours. While screens can entertain, teach, and keep children occupied, too much use may lead to problems.

How much phone usage is normal? ›

People check their phones 58 times a day on average with more than half of those occurring during working hours. 70% of mobile sessions are shorter than 2 minutes. Millennials spend 48 minutes texting per day, compared to the 30 minutes that boomers devote to this activity.

How do you know if you're addicted to your phone? ›

Signs and Symptoms of Cell Phone Addiction
  1. A need to use the cell phone more and more often in order to achieve the same desired effect.
  2. Persistent failed attempts to use cell phone less often.
  3. Preoccupation with smartphone use.
  4. Turns to cell phone when experiencing unwanted feelings such as anxiety or depression.

Is it OK to restart your phone everyday? ›

It will refresh the phone, and the battery calibration will be accurate. Rebooting a device is very helpful in its performance and better health. But rebooting daily is not much preferred. Most geeks recommend rebooting your device once a week.

Is it OK to sleep next to your phone? ›

Sleeping near your phone is almost safe and does not pose any immediate risk. However, it's a good practice to sleep 2 to 3 ft away from the phone and put it in flight mode while resting. The feeling of waking up in the morning, having a good stretch, and feeling refreshed and ready for the day is incredible.

How much time on your phone is unhealthy? ›

What's a healthy amount of screen time for adults? Experts say adults should limit screen time outside of work to less than two hours per day. Any time beyond that which you would typically spend on screens should instead be spent participating in physical activity.

Is blue light filter good for eyes? ›

The American Academy of Ophthalmology says you don't need them and has gone on record as not recommending any kind of special eyewear for computer users. The organization says blue light from digital devices does not lead to eye disease and doesn't even cause eyestrain.

How can I relax my eyes after using my phone? ›

Throughout the day, give your eyes a break by looking away from your monitor. Try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

Is 11 hours a lot of screen time? ›

On average, adults spend about 11 hours a day staring at some kind of screen, whether that be a computer, phone, tablet, TV or another type of electronic device. For office workers, some of that is unavoidable, but that extra recreational screen time isn't doing you any favors.

How much screen time should a 12? ›

Yousuf said pediatricians generally recommend the following guidelines: Under 2 years old: Zero screen time, except for video chatting with family or friends. 2-5 years old: No more than one hour per day co-viewing with a parent or sibling. 5-17 years old: Generally no more than two hours per day, except for homework.

How long should a 12 year old have screen time? ›

The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages media use by children younger than 2 and recommends limiting older children's screen time to no more than one or two hours a day.

How much screen time is OK for a teenager? ›

They're spending more time on screens than ever before. Which begs the question, how much is too much? The recommendation: According to the 24-Hour Movement Guidelines, teens should only get two hours of recreational screen time a day.

What time should a 13 year old go to bed? ›

The topic of young children's bedtimes is “very badly” researched, he says. That said: “9pm is a sensible approach.” For teenagers, Kelley says that, generally speaking, 13- to 16-year-olds should be in bed by 11.30pm.

Should I read my child's diary? ›

In most cases, parents should refrain from reading their child's journal. Reading their journal is a violation of trust and undermines healthy communication between parent and child. Parents should only read their child's journal if they have good reason to be concerned about their immediate safety.

How do I get my teenager off screens? ›

Create screen rules together.
  1. No texting during meals, either at home or a restaurant.
  2. No TV during meals.
  3. No TV until after homework and chores are done.
  4. The TV gets turned off at a set time at night.
  5. The computer stays in a public room in the home.
  6. No TVs in bedrooms.
9 Feb 2012

What is the average 13 year old screen time? ›

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that children ages eight to 10 spend an average of six hours per day in front of a screen, kids ages 11 to 14 spend an average of nine hours per day in front of a screen, and youth ages 15 to 18 spend an average of seven-and-a-half hours per day in front of a ...

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