How kids consume media: Habits of 8-18 year olds

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Via Business Insider

Some key points:

  • Kids consume a heck of a lot of media–and more all the time.  Basically, if kids are awake, they're consuming media.  And, increasingly, they're consuming multiple forms of media at the same time.
  • Kids' print media consumption is tiny and falling.
  • Kids' digital media consumption is going through the roof.

No big surprise there.  What is a surprise is how little parents seem to care about this.  (Or, alternatively, how much parents encourage this media consumption by consuming a huge amount of media themselves.)

  • In 2/3 of households, TVs are on during meals
  • In 75% of households, TVs are on when no one is watching them.
  • More than 70% of kids have TVs in their bedrooms
  • Only 1/3 of households have media-consumption rules

No surprise, more media is consumed in households in which TVs are always on, where there are no media consumption rules, and where kids have TVs in their bedrooms.

And, no surprise, kids who consume the most media get the worst grades (but is this cause or effect?)

It's a long presentation, but it's awesome.

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