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Teen Survey: More Time Online, Less Confidence
Source:Chinese Women's Research Network | Release Date:2012-3-27-
Title: Teen Survey: More Time Online, Less Confidence
Release Date: March 26.2012
Keyword: teenageers, online, confidence

According to the results of a survey on Internet use and self-image of teenagers aged from 8 to 15 in southeast China’s Taiwan, teenagers who spend more time online attach more importance to their self-image, while those who excel academically place more importance on achievements.

The survey, co-organized by the National Chengchi University (NCCU) and Taiwan Mobile Foundation, released the results on March 22, 2012 in Taipei. The survey collected 9,951 valid responses from students from 54 primary schools and 49 middle schools. Girls accounted for 48% of the total interviewees while boys accounted for 52%.

Statistics show that 45% of the surveyed teenagers started going online between the ages of 3 to 7 and more than 25% surf the Internet every day. Generally, teenagers go online before 10 p.m., spending an average of 1.46 hours online from Monday to Friday and 3.55 hours during weekends.

NCCU Professor Huang Weiwei has concluded that teenagers who spend more time online are more appearance-conscious. In addition, physical exhaustion caused by long hours online impairs their thinking, judgment and willpower. Teenagers who spend long periods of time on the Internet are also more likely to be influenced by online information.

The survey also shows that the percentage of teenagers joining online games and network communities has risen from 15% to 34.7%.

Huang has pointed out that teenagers who follow television programs and online videos closely tend to be less confident as they often compare themselves to the celebrities in them. Huang advises teenagers to learn to differentiate real life from the virtual world and focus on building a healthy self-image. She also encourages teenagers to recognize their strengths and shortcomings.

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