Study Finds Media Use Increasing Among Teens

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Given all the talk about new devices on which to read and surf the Web, it seems almost irresponsible not to point out this utterly sobering study conducted by The Kaiser Family Foundation showing that teens are spending, on average, a whopping seven hours and thirty-eight minutes (7:38), up from 6:21 in 2004, consuming various kinds of media in an average day–that’s over 53 hours a week!

Here’s what the Kaiser press release says about the cause of the increased media use: “With technology allowing nearly 24-hour media access as children and teens go about their daily lives, the amount of time young people spend with entertainment media has risen dramatically, especially among minority youth.” The data is based on a national survey of 2,002 3rd-12th graders from across the US.

Click over to the official release to see detailed numbers of various kinds of media use. But, interestingly, the one thing that hasn’t changed in the last five years, according to the study, is time spent reading books: it’s remained steady at about 25 minutes a day. What does that say about the eBook revolution?