Survey Shows Teens Prefer Internet Over All Other Media

Only 13.5 percent read newspapers, 83 percent get news from TV.

The Internet is Israeli teens' favorite form of media: 77.11 percent go online in their free time, while 63.61 percent watch television, according to a recent study on teen media consumption. Only 13.49 percent reported reading newspapers.

The study was conducted over the last year among Jewish and Arab teenagers in Haifa and the north; it also examined their consumption of news and current events. The findings will be presented today at Oranim College's first education and media conference.

According to the study, teens reported that they watch an average of 3.13 hours of television a day, and use the Internet for 3.8 hours.

Forty percent said they spend three to five hours online a day, 20 percent said five to seven hours, and 11 percent said more than seven hours.

While the study shows the Internet is increasingly important to teenagers, 83.8 percent said they get news from television, in comparison with 71.3 percent online. More than 50 percent said they were interested in the news, while only 30 percent said they believe what was reported by the media.

The study also surveyed what interests teens on television: 92.7 percent watch movies, 73.88 percent watch reality shows, and 42.61 percent watch news and current affairs programs.

Online, 79.27 percent use social networks, while 38.61 percent visit news and current affairs sites.

More than 40 percent of teens reported watching Channel 2 at least once a day, compared to 36 percent who watch Channel 10. Only 4.5 percent said they watch Channel 1 at least once a day.

The study, which surveyed 413 teens in grades 9 to 11, was carried out by Oranim College's Dr. Arie Kizel and Dr. Mira Feuerstein.

Kizel told Haaretz yesterday that the findings show teens are aware of current events, despite prevailing views.

"A majority of teenagers say news and current affairs fill an important role in [their sense of] involvement, belonging and participation in what is happening in society and the state, although they are critical of [media] credibility, mainly because they think news and current affairs [programs] present violence in an extreme manner and tend to fearmonger," he said.