I know what you are thinking, you know that kids are addicted to their cell phones, iPods, computers, televisions, and anything else with a circuit board rather than a circulation, but the numbers are alarming. A new study released yesterday from the Kaiser Family Foundation on media in the lives of 8-18 year-olds shows that children now spend more than seven and a half hours a day tweeting, watching Hulu, stealing copywritten music, texting and sexting.
The finding also suggests that since many of the subjects are also multitasking, like texting while surfing the internet, many kids are stuffing over eleven hours of media into that seven and a half hour time period.
Not surprising is the conclusion that the heaviest media users also suffered the lowest grades in school.¬† The report is based on a survey of more than 2,000 students from grades 3 to 12 from October 2008 to May 2009.
Experts are shocked at the rate that media usage has climbed since their last report in 2005, but who can honestly be suprised?¬† With the advent of the popularity¬† in the last 5 years of the iPod, smart phones and now mobile television, it’s a wonder that children have enough time to eat and sleep anymore or how they even remember to breathe.
Children now spend more time on their phone playing games or texting then they do even making calls.¬† Catching the latest episode of family guy on Hulu has become more important than homework, and I’m sure that kids spend way more time researching their cute classmates on Facebook than doing research for a stupid term paper.
Sure, I sound like an old man saying “When I was that age, school was still more importan than…” and I can go on and on about kids never playing outside anymore and the rise of childhood obesity, but it’s nothing we all don’t already know.¬† We have created a new age of media for our children to absorb and it has managed to become more important and time consuming to them than anything else.