It used to be that parents couldn't get their teens off the telephone. The Internet has certainly nipped that problem in the bud. More than half of 18- to 19-year-olds (56 percent) and 39 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds now use the Internet more than the telephone to communicate with family and friends, according to an online survey conducted September to December 2001 by Lewisville, Texas-based Digital Marketing Services (DMS), a division of America Online. The survey, which polled 6,708 teens ages 18 to 19, and parents of youths ages 12 to 17, found that 81 percent of young teens (12 to 17) use the Internet to send e-mails and 70 percent use it to send instant messages (IM). Among older teens, 91 percent say they e-mail and 83 percent send IMs. These online communiqués seem to have left teens longing for even more faceless encounters. DMS reports that 36 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds and 46 percent of 18- to 19-year-olds regularly visit online chat rooms as well.
Teens (ages 12 to 17) in Pittsburgh spend almost 16 hours per week on the Internet.
|METRO MARKET||NUMBER OF HOURS SPENT ONLINE PER WEEK|
|Hartford/New Haven, Conn.||13.4|
|Source: Digital Marketing Services|