Girls busier than boys on so­cial me­dia

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - KAREN COL­LIER

GIRLS are more hooked on so­cial me­dia than boys, a sur­vey of sec­ondary school stu­dents has found.

Fe­male pupils con­fessed to spend­ing an av­er­age of two hours a day on their favourite sites, com­pared to one hour and 44 min­utes for their male coun­ter­parts.

Al­most twice as many girls (25 per cent) use so­cial me­dia for more than three hours a day, than boys (14 per cent).

The find­ings emerged from a Na­tional Aus­tralia Bank sur­vey of 300 stu­dents in Years 10 to 12 at in­de­pen­dent schools.

It also re­vealed: BOYS re­ported higher lev­els of phys­i­cal and men­tal health and per­sonal hap­pi­ness; GIRLS rated their peo­ple skills above boys; while boys be­lieved they were bet­ter at tech­nol­ogy and sport; STU­DENTS scored them­selves sim­i­larly on nu­mer­acy, lit­er­acy, lead­er­ship, speak­ing up, and busi­ness; BOTH sexes strongly agreed that “rais­ing chil­dren is a shared re­spon­si­bil­ity”, and that men and women de­serve equal pay for the same job; and THE big­gest wor­ries were the pres­sure of school­work, tests or grades; get­ting a fu­ture job; not be­ing suc­cess­ful and ac­cep­tance into their cho­sen univer­sity or other course.

NAB head of be­havioural and in­dus­try eco­nomics Dean Pear­son said, while con­cerns had been raised about the amount of time young peo­ple spent on so­cial me­dia, stu­dents had some com­pelling rea­sons for us­ing it.

These in­clude keep­ing in touch with friends, stay­ing in­formed about big is­sues such as world pol­i­tics and the en­vi­ron­ment, and as a key plat­form for them to be heard.

So­phie Kaiman, 17, said many young peo­ple def­i­nitely wanted to know what’s go­ing on in pol­i­tics and what’s go­ing on in the world.

Bernie Lever, 17, said girls tended to be more in­ter­ested in shar­ing ex­pe­ri­ences with friends and fam­ily through so­cial me­dia.

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