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U.S. Kids Using Media Almost 8 Hours a Day
Date:1/20/2010

y, the researchers added.

About 74 percent of teens now have a social-networking page on Face Book or similar site, they noted.

Except for going to the movies or reading, all other daily media use has gone up during the last five years, the report found. Listening to music has increased 47 minutes daily, watching TV has gone up by 38 minutes, computer time has increased 27 minutes and time spent playing video games had gone up 24 minutes a day.

Children spend about four and one-half hours daily in front of the TV, about two and one-half hours listening to music, an hour and a half on the computer, about an hour and a quarter playing video games, and just 38 minutes reading.

Youngsters aren't just doing one of these activities one at a time, either -- they're multitasking, which also adds to daily media consumption. Among adolescents, 43 percent said they typically use one other medium while listening to music, 40 percent while on the computer and 39 percent while watching TV, according to the report.

Other findings in the report include:

  • Fewer children are reading magazines and newspapers, but reading this type of media online has increased.
  • Almost 50 percent use media while doing homework.
  • Girls spend more time on social networking sites, listening to music and reading than boys.
  • Boys spend more time than girls playing video games, computer games or visiting YouTube or other video sites.
  • Media use goes up dramatically when kids hit 11.
  • Teens spend about an hour and a half texting each day.

Rideout noted that problems with media include obesity from inactivity, and potential harm for viewing sexual or violent content. There are also issues regarding multitasking, she said. "We don't know if that is something that's a good thing or a bad thing for young people."

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