Glued to the Screen

Make of this what you will.  In one of the largest studies of its kind, a recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the use of entertainment media among 8 to 18 year olds has risen to an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes per day, or over 53 hours per week.  The survey also found that because many young people are engaged in ‘media multitasking’, or using more than one media device at a time, they are actually compressing about 10 hours and 45 minutes of content into the 7 hours. 

On a related note, for those who are as concerned about the what it means for students to live within a constant barrage of entertainment media as they are excited by the potential technology holds for students across socioeconomic levels, you’ll want to check out John Palfrey’s and Urs Gasser’s Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives

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