Press Release back to list
06.13.2006

AMERICA'S TEENS HOOKED ON THEIR TECH TOYS, SPENDING NINE HOURS A DAY PLAYING WITH THEM, SAYS CBSNEW.COM EXCLUSIVE POLL

Experts Tell CBSNews.com That Parents Should Not Worry

Three-Day Web Series, "GenTech: The Wiring of Teen America,"
Begins Tuesday, June 13


An exclusive and scientific CBSNews.com poll shows that America's teenagers are spending nine hours a day -- virtually all their waking hours when not in school -- immersed in technological devices such as computers, cell phones, videogames, television and iPods. The poll of teens aged 13-19 is just one element in a three-day series of exclusive text, video and interactive stories called "GenTech: The Wiring of Teen America," beginning Today, June 13 on CBSNews.com.

Other poll results reveal that:
• 32 percent of America's teens say they "would feel lost" without their technology;
• 57 percent of teenagers say they use the Web for school work;
• 19 percent admit they use the Internet to plagiarize; and
• 24 percent of the boys polled admit to online plagiarism.

Despite the widespread worry that being "plugged in" so many hours is harming America's teenagers, experts, teachers, parents and the teens interviewed by CBSNews.com all report that the concerns are exaggerated.

This series also examines the hysteria over cyber crime and online predators, offers a guided tour for parents of MySpace.com, looks at the latest scientific research into how technology affects developing teenage brains, and takes a comprehensive look at whether video games are bad for kids' health.
Log on to www.CBSNews.com for more information on, "GenTech: The Wiring of Teen America." Dick Meyer is the editorial director of CBSNews.com and producer of this series. Michael Sims is Director, News and Operations, CBSNews.com and Betsy Morgan is Senior Vice President, CBS Digital Media and General Manager, CBSNews.com.

* * *

Press Contact: Janell George 212.975.5959 georgej@cbsnews.com