Report: Louisiana teens spend more time online than national average

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Teenagers living in southern states are most likely to spend more time in front of the screen, according to a recent study from Verizon.

Louisiana ranked in the top five of highest average daily screen time amongst those ages 15-18.

An independent study conducted by the popular telecommunications company estimated teens spend an average of more than five hours daily in front of a screen.

For purposes of the study, screen time was defined as gaming, streaming, video calls and overall device usage. The analysis reportedly did not include time spent for schoolwork or homework.

The state with the highest average daily screen time was Mississippi with nearly six hours and 12 minutes. Analyzers suggest the results can be attributed to the state’s yearly average of nearly 56 inches of rain — posing an opportunity to spend more time indoors.

Four additional southern states helped round out the top five. Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana and Florida, respectively, were also included.

Photo supplied by Verizon.

The state with the lowest average daily screen time was Alaska with about four hours and 14 minutes.

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