Teenage internet dating statistics
The age bases for this comparison are—Australia: people aged 14 to 17 years; US: people aged 12 to 17 years.According to the 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, approximately 10 percent of adolescents nationwide reported being the victim of physical violence at the hands of a romantic partner during the previous year. The rate of psychological victimization is even higher: Between two and three in 10 reported being verbally or psychologically abused in the previous year, according to the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.As for perpetration rates, there are currently no nationwide estimates for who does the abusing, and state estimates vary significantly.Teenagers continue to use desktop computers to undertake online activities, but many more are also using their mobile phones for online activities (Figure 6).In the four years to December 2013, the gap between the level of online activities being performed on computers and mobile phones narrowed as mobile use increased.While teenagers are active participants online, this report shows that they are not the main drivers of growth and development of the digital economy.Compared to adult Australians teenagers—not-surprisingly—generally have lower incomes and fewer opportunities to fully benefit from online transactional activities, content and services.It becomes an integral part of their lives. The ACMA shows that the trend towards more frequent online participation is reflected across all adult age groups over the past five years. During December 2013, 72 per cent accessed the internet more than once a day, compared to 47 per cent during December 2009.The frequency of teenage internet access is similar to that of Australians aged 18 to 54, with 70 per cent going online more than once a day during December 2013.
However, teenagers are far less likely to transact online than adult internet users.These changes in behaviour were consistent with changes in online behaviours by adult Australians. In proportional terms, among teenagers: Despite data confirming that teenagers love interacting online via social media (see Figure 8 below), 14 to 17 year olds are not the dominant group in established social media forums.While Figure 3 shows that Facebook and You Tube are in the top five of online channels visited and viewed by teenagers, and Figure 8 shows what a large proportion of teenagers use them, Figure 7 shows that teenagers comprise only five per cent of each of these channel’s total number of users aged 14 years and over.In the two years to December 2013, the number of teenagers downloading apps has increased by 79 per cent to reach 454,000 people during December 2013.Data sources Data in this snapshot is taken from: These reports can be accessed from gov.au/commsreport This snapshot and all the ACMA’s research publications are on the ACMA website at gov.au/researchacma Comments and enquiries about research snapshots should be sent to: [email protected] Join the conversation and follow us on Twitter @acmadotgov  Teenage activities can be difficult to compare internationally, as research of this age group is limited, and international agencies use different methodologies and age bases.
In the four years to December 2013, the number of teenagers who accessed the internet from wireless hotspots increased by 176 per cent to reach 229,000.