Quarantine has kept a lot of families at home this year, and as a result, teens and adults have relied more on virtual entertainment than ever before. In light of that, the team at Go.Verizon.com conducted a study to find out which states have the most recorded screen time. 

For the purposes of the study, the Verizon team defined screen time as gaming, streaming, video calls, and overall device use. The age polled was between 15-18 years old. Find out below where your state falls on the list. 

Ranking Teens’ Screen Time by State 

Teens’ Screen Time: Top Ten States

StateAverage daily screen timeRank

Bottom Ten States: Teens’ Screen Time

StateAverage daily screen timeRank
District of Columbia*4:37:4844
North Dakota4:46:4846
Rhode Island4:56:0648
South Dakota4:58:0649

Interesting Findings:

  • Washington D.C. ranked #4 for the least teen screen time. The nation’s capital city has seventeen free museums, including the Smithsonian’s National Zoo which may correlate with less screen time in this area? 
  • In Mississippi, there is an average of fifty-six inches of rain, which might be an excellent reason to stay home and dry.


The team at Go.Verizon used information from US Census Data, Common Sense Media, and the most recent American Time Use Survey Summary to estimate the level of screen time per 15–18-year-old in each state. The analysis did not include time spent for schoolwork or homework.

To keep your family up and running no matter your teenagers’ screen time, get internet from a reliable internet provider. Whatever your online needs are—better streaming ability, a gaming network that keeps up with you, or fast-paced math problems—a high-speed connection will get the job done. 

*All fifty states were surveyed along with the District of Columbia. Puerto Rico was not included in this study. 

About Go.Verizon.com: Go.Verizon.com is an authorized premium partner of Verizon. Reporters may send questions to media@verizon-business.com.

Call 1-800-555-1536 to ask an expert about products in this article.

Get a quote White Right Arrow

Interested in Verizon? Call 855-976-7454

This site is a US Consumer site. You can learn more about our site and