This is not exactly news for me because I’ve been following these trends internationally from the annual reports published by the Centre for the Digital Future.
Here’s the South African perspective.
A recent survey by www.Sweet16.co.za found that more South Africans teenagers are spending time online than watching television or reading magazines and newspapers.
This is attributed to an increase in households with broadband connections.
The study found that 47.1 percent of teenagers access the internet from home, and 10.7 percent at school.
Of the girls aged between12 and 24, 37.2 percent of them browse the net for a few hours each day, with 17.4 percent logging in at least once a day and 38.1 percent a few times a week.
These teenagers spend their time on the net “window shopping” for their next offline purchase, among other things.