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Native Teen Voices: How Youth Spend Their Time

Most youth reported feeling satisfied with how things were going in their lives.  They reported spending the most time in activities that involve hanging out with friends and family, outdoor activities, watching TV, and playing video games.  About half of the youth reported spending at least three hours a week working for pay or doing chores at home. 

Weekly activities
Youth were asked to report how much time during an average week they spent doing specific activities.  For each activity, respondents were given five possible answer choices: do not usually do this, 1-2 hours, 3-5 hours, 6-10 hours, and 11 or more hours. 

Activities that at least 25% of youth reported doing at least 3 hours per week:

Females 13-15:

  • Hanging out with friends (92.9%)
  • Outdoor activities, like walking, running, biking, skating, fishing, etc. (69.1%)
  • Hanging out with adult relatives or other adults you like (69%)
  • Watching TV or playing video games (64.3%)
  • Doing chores at home (50%)
  • Working for pay (50%)
  • Playing team sports (38.1%)
  • Surfing the internet (35.7%)
  • Participating in youth groups outside of school (30.95%)

Females 16-18:

  • Hanging out with friends (80.7%)
  • Doing chores at home (67.7%)
  • Watching TV or playing video games (64.5%)
  • Hanging out with adult relatives or other adults you like (64.5%)
  • Outdoor activities, like walking, running, biking, skating, fishing, etc. (51.6%)
  • Working for pay (45.2%)
  • Doing things outside of school like drawing, painting, building things, beadwork, taking lessons, etc. (29%)
  • Surfing the internet (26.7%)
  • Participating in youth groups outside of school (25.8%)

Males 13-15:

  • Hanging out with friends (89.5%)
  • Outdoor activities, like walking, running, biking, skating, fishing, etc. (76.3%)
  • Watching TV or playing video games (76.3%)
  • Doing chores at home (51.4%)
  • Hanging out with adult relatives or other adults you like (44.7%)
  • Playing team sports (44.7%)
  • Surfing the internet (39.5%)
  • Working for pay (36.8%)

Males 16-18:

  • Hanging out with friends (83.8%)
  • Hanging out with adult relatives or other adults you like (70.3%)
  • Outdoor activities, like walking, running, biking, skating, fishing, etc. (70.3%)
  • Watching TV or playing video games (67.6%)
  • Working for pay (51.4%)
  • Surfing the internet (35.1%)
  • Playing team sports (35.1%)
  • Doing things outside of school like drawing, painting, building things, beadwork, taking lessons, etc. (29.7%)
  • Doing chores at home (27%)

Activities that less than 25% of youth reported doing at least 3 hours per week:

Females 13-15:

  • Doing things outside of school like drawing, painting, building things, beadwork, taking lessons, etc. (23.8%)
  • Participating in groups or clubs at school (19.1%)
  • Reading just for fun-other than reading for homework (16.7%)
  • Attending services, groups, or programs at a church, synagogue, or mosque (16.7%)
  • Doing volunteer work/ helping people without pay (9.5%)

Females 16-18:

  • Reading just for fun-other than reading for homework (22.6%)
  • Playing team sports (16.1%)
  • Participating in groups or clubs at school (16.1%)
  • Doing volunteer work/ helping people without pay (12.9%)
  • Attending services, groups, or programs at a church, synagogue, or mosque (12.9%)

Males 13-15:

  • Participating in youth groups outside of school (24.3%)
  • Doing things outside of school like drawing, painting, building things, beadwork, taking lessons, etc. (21.1%)
  • Participating in groups or clubs at school (15.8%)
  • Doing volunteer work/ helping people without pay (13.2%)
  • Attending services, groups, or programs at a church, synagogue, or mosque (10.5%)
  • Reading just for fun-other than reading for homework (10.5%)

Males 16-18:

  • Participating in youth groups outside of school (11.1%)
  • Reading just for fun-other than reading for homework (10.8%)
  • Attending services, groups, or programs at a church, synagogue, or mosque (10.8%)
  • Participating in groups or clubs at school (8.1%)
  • Doing volunteer work/ helping people without pay (0%
  • Among males and females in both age groups, hanging out with friends was the most commonly reported activity that was done 3 or more hours per week
  • More than 25% of males and females in both age groups reported doing outdoor activities, hanging out with adults, watching TV or playing video games, doing chores at home, working for pay, and/ or surfing the internet for 3 or more hours per week
  •  Fewer than 25% of males and females in both age groups reported reading for fun, participating in groups or clubs at school, attending services or groups at church, and/ or doing volunteer work for 3 or more hours per week
 
 
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