Adult interests

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.

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  1. “However, homework was the most common reason for internet use”

    JJ: “the smut surfers are a smaller minority than I’d have expected.”

    One should keep in mind that people give what they think are the “right” answers even when polled anonymous. So I think a lot of kids claimed they used the internet for homework because they know they’re “supposed to” and claimed they didn’t surf for smut because they’re “not supposed to.”

    Moreover, kids don’t feel as if they’re lying if they’ve used the internet for homework once or twice ever though 9X% of their internet use has nothing to do with homework.

    Maybe I just don’t want to believe pr0n is super-popular, but my suspicion would be that the homework figure is grossly overinflated while the pr0n figure is only mildly deflated.

  2. Mr. Davis says:

    Porn? On the Internet? Who Knew?

  3. Reginleif says:

    And horny teenagers looked at it? Who knew that, either?