The World Health Organisation reports that one in five Finnish boys between the ages of 13 and 15 is a heavy user of computers.
Twenty percent of boys use computers for more than three hours a day – compared to only two percent of 13-year-old girls, reports the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat.
WHO researchers say that most boys use the computer for entertainment purposes, and rarely for anything creative.
The report compared teenage computer use in 30 countries. A total of 162,000 youth participated in the study.
Compared to other nationalities, Finnish kids’ computer habits are fairly average. Youth in Estonia, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark all spend more time on the computer.
Professor Erkki Sutinen told Helsingin Sanomat that boys play computer games in order to find the gratification of quick success and excitement.
YLE24, Helsingin Sanomat