Are your kids awake? They’re online.
Study shows youth spend virtually every waking minute there.
“The average young American now spends practically every waking minute — except for the time in school — using a smart phone, computer, television or other electronic device, according to a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation.”
-Tamar Lewin from the New York Times
The amount of hours that youths are devoting on the aforementioned electronic medium in 2009 have increased at a rate more rapidly than researchers had anticipate from a study in 2004. While the average media user spends about 2 to 3 hours consuming media through an electronic device, the heaviest media users are reported to consume more than 16 hours a day.
Lewin indicates that “the study could not say whether the media use causes problems, or, rather, whether troubled youths turn to heavy media use.” Nevertheless, a correlation exists between heavy media consumers and lower grades, and behavior problems.
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