Report says teens spend 9 hours a day using media

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A new report comes from common sense media, a non- profit focused on helping people navigate the world of technology. The report says on any given day says teens spend about 9 hours of their day on some sort of screen.
University at Buffalo Professor Matthew Grizzard says he isn’t surprised to at how much time kids spend on screens these days. “People are almost resistant to acknowledging the media might have an impact in their own life,” he said.

The report is based on a sample of more than 2600 young people from 8 to 18. It says for 9 hours a day teens talk, text and watch videos on their cell phones and tablets. Both teens and parents say the study reigns true in their homes.

Noor Alshavandar,15, from Amherst said, “I think i spend most of my time on social media, most of the time I’m logged on.”

Marissa Friel said, “My 6 year old is on the iPod when he gets home from school until he goes to bed and my 13 year old goes on his X-Box once he gets home until he goes to bed.”

Parents say it’s more time than teens spend sleeping or at school. The study says kids are also multi-tasking more. Alshavadar said, “(All the time i’m doing homework and I get a Facebook message that pops up.”

Half of teens say they often use social media or watch TV while doing homework. But, most don’t think it affects the quality of their work

Nearly two- thirds say watching t-v or texting makes no difference in the quality of their work. More then 50% feel the same way when it comes to social media.

But experts say it has an obvious impact. “Any form of distracted attention especially in terms of skills that you are trying to develop when you’re working on homework or something like that that can be problematic,” said Grizzard.

Grizzard says usage can very drastically on how kids use it. “If you have your kids locking themselves in their room for 8 hours a day watching screens and not interacting with someone else that might be problematic so parents need to make the best decision for their family.”

When it comes to consuming media on screens, including laptops. smartphones and tablets, teens, on average, spend more than six and a half hours on screens and tweens more than four and a half hours, the report found.

For more on the study head over to the Common Sense Media website. 

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