Adolescents spend about 39% of their waking lives watching television, listening to music, reading books or magazines, using the internet, or playing video games.

To determine the function of this intense media use for the adolescents, a group of 357 adolescents between 10 and 14 years old were interviewed about their media usage.

Adolescents used media to relax, to change their mood or to have a break. Doing so, they were also able to handle stress. Different media seemed to fulfill different functions in young adolescents. While boys preferred TV and computers for relaxation, girls listened more to music in order to cope with stress. Both boys and girls used media simply for fun. Books and magazines were used for gathering information.

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