Report: About 20% of underage Internet users consider themselves dependent on the Internet, and the family environment has a major impact

  Sino-Singapore Jingwei, November 30th. The Central Committee of the Communist Youth League and the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) released the “2021 National Research Report on Internet Use by Minors” (hereinafter referred to as the “Report”) on the 30th. It shows that about 20% of underage Internet users believe that they are dependent on the Internet. Whether the online time of underage netizens is restricted by their parents significantly affects their dependence on the Internet.

  In terms of the duration of the Internet, the “Report” shows that the situation of underage Internet users excessively surfing the Internet on weekdays and holidays has improved. Statistics show that 66.0% of underage netizens spend less than half an hour online on weekdays , and 51.8% of underage netizens spend less than one hour online on holidays.

  The proportion of underage Internet users who spend more than 2 hours a day on the Internet on weekdays is 8.7%, which is 2.8 percentage points lower than that in 2020 (11.5%); (12.2%) decreased by 2.3 percentage points.

  The “Report” analysis found that parents’ own online entertainment behavior directly affects the length of time minors spend online .

  Statistics show that in families whose parents often play mobile games or watch short videos, 12.1% of minors spend more than 2 hours online on weekdays, while in families whose parents do not often play mobile games or watch short videos Among them, the proportion is only 6.5%. In families whose parents often play mobile games or watch short videos, 14.9% of minors spend more than 5 hours a day surfing the Internet on holidays, while in families whose parents do not often play mobile games or watch short videos, the proportion is only 14.9%. was 6.4%.

  In terms of Internet access devices, the “Report” shows that over 80% of underage Internet users have their own Internet access devices . The data shows that the proportion of underage netizens who own their own Internet access devices has reached 86.7%, an increase of 3.8 percentage points compared with 2020.

  Among them, mobile phones are still the most Internet-connected devices owned by minor netizens, accounting for 60.9%; followed by smart watches (33.3%) and tablet computers (27.9%). Compared with 2020, the proportion of mobile phone ownership has decreased, while the proportion of other connected devices has increased.

  The “Report” also shows that about 20% of underage Internet users believe that they are dependent on the Internet . The data shows that 19.5% of the underage Internet users think they are very dependent (going online when they have free time) or relatively dependent on the Internet, which is basically the same as in 2020 (19.6%). 42.0% think they are not or not very dependent on the Internet, an increase of 3.3 percentage points from 2020 (38.7%).

  The “Report” further analyzed and found that whether the time spent by underage Internet users on the Internet is restricted by their parents significantly affects their dependence on the Internet. The proportion of underage Internet users whose online time is often restricted by their parents is 9.9%, which is 27.5 percentage points lower than that of underage Internet users who are not restricted by their parents.

  In addition, whether underage netizens live with their parents also affects their dependence on the Internet. The data shows that 16.2% of the underage netizens who live with their parents think they are very or relatively dependent on the Internet, while the proportion of underage netizens who live with one of their parents or with other relatives is 16.2%. 22.4% and 21.3% respectively. (Sino-Singapore Jingwei APP)