British teens use the internet for homework, shopping, instant messaging, news and porn.
Some 12% of 13 to 18-year-olds asked by the National Foundation for Educational Research said (looking at “adult” web sites) was one of their main reasons for going online.
However, homework was the most common reason for internet use, with just over three-quarters citing it.
. . . The NFER, carrying out research on behalf of the Department for Education and Skills, found 52% used the internet for instant messaging services and 36% to shop for goods or services.
Some 18% looked up news and current affairs sites and 9% visited discussion forums.
Actually, the smut surfers are a smaller minority than I’d have expected.