Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-year Olds

Do you ever wonder how preteens and teens are spending their time?  The recently released survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation, Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-year Olds , reports that the amount of time that teens spend on media has risen dramatically. This age group spends about a much time using media as an adult spends at work; of course, they are doing so seven days a week!  During much of the 7 hours and 38 minutes that Generation M2 uses media they are multitasking and so actual usage rises to 10 hours and 45 minutes daily.  These numbers indicate an increase of an hour and 17 minutes a day over the last five years.

As TV becomes available on more devices, the hours spent watching regularly scheduled TV has declined.  Watching it on less traditional devices such as cell phones and the Internet has increased.  Social networking and YouTube also capture teens’ attention—and their time.

Reading books has remained about the same over the five year period: around 25 minutes per day.  But time spent reading print magazines and newspapers has declined by seven minutes a day.  Time spent reading books has actually increased during the last ten years from 21 to 25 minutes a day.

– posted by Brenda, Reference Services

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