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America's Youth Are Spending Half of Each Day Staring at Screens

Bitmob: These days, kids are spending more time in front of screens and behind controllers than ever before. According to a new study conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, media usage among 8-18 year olds has risen to an approximate average of almost 11 hours a day. This figure increased dramatically from 2004, when the average was only six and a half hours per day.

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Ninji3167d ago

These days, the elderly are spending more time in front of screens and behind keyboards than ever before. According to a new study conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, media usage among 75-100 year olds has risen to an approximate average of almost 11 hours a day. This figure increased dramatically from 2004, when the average was only six and a half hours per day.

cyguration3166d ago (Edited 3166d ago )

It's odd that our culture has turned into "Make as much money as possible using electronics"...former Prez George W. even made a speech about utilizing more "math and sciences" in the classroom and now kids are indulged in it just like our money-crazed society promotes, and it's now viewed as a bad thing.

Realistically, people tend to promote anti-cultural activities at the expense of alienating each other, and yet a great majority of the adults you mentioned in your post spend unnecessary amounts of time complaining about it. It's a no-win situation.

Epic fail for society.

LukaX233166d ago

Most people on this site who are young probably already know that.

Darkstorn3166d ago

@1.0-
Is it really that bad to draw attention to what could become a serious problem in the future? Kids are already severely lacking in social capital, and they don't need more physical isolation through electronics (and don't give me that "Xbox Live is social" bull****).
It's a disturbing trend, and I don't have a good answer on how to solve it, but can't we at least agree that this is a BAD thing?

The Killer3166d ago

check this short video, it will tell u many things.
http://www.youtube.com/watc...

we are doomed as long as the elite is in control of america and most of the world!!

Guido3166d ago

Now let me tell the rest of the users that it would be best for them to look over your post history and know you are the likes that defend the communist party and you have no quibble with defending murderous dictators.

Have a nice day.

The Killer3166d ago (Edited 3166d ago )

oh common, dont be ridiculous!!

i am against communism, capitalism and any other ideologies and one major reason is because they are against religion since i am muslim!!

and i dont defend killers, in Quran god said if anyone kills an innocent soul then its the same as if he killed all the people and if someone saved an innocent soul then it is as if he saved all the people!!

now u must look foolish with ur comment.

JsonHenry3166d ago

.. all the while adults spend 2/3 the day.

bacon133166d ago

@ Killer

Religion is in the hands of very evil people as well. And don't give me that religion is peaceful crap. Astronomical amounts of people have been killed or have killed under the guise of religion. Take your hack conspiracy theories and religious fervor somewhere else, because its certainly not wanted here.

On topic

Adults probably stare at screens for much longer periods of time. I personally look at a goddamn computer screen 6 hours everyday and then game anywhere from 2-3 hours every night. Televisions and computers screens are a staple of American society for better or worse.

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Bnet3433167d ago

I don't see how this is bad. Computers are everything in this world. Does your phone also count at a screen? And if they are just talking about video games, how can it be 11 hours per day if half the day kids are in school? Lame article trying to prove nothing.

rogimusprime3166d ago

I'm 28 and I spend all day at work looking at screens, I don't watch TV, but I play video games. What about watching SCREENS AT WORK!!!! It's just part of our culture now, we don't work in factories or in the fields, were on computers.

The Killer3166d ago

we become very fragile to hard situations and conditions because we dont know how to react and handle them. this is all part of the plans of the elite!

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

-Alpha3166d ago

I do not think it's a good thing either. I mean, I'm not going to preach how to raise kids but what I find ironic is that these articles seem to blame the games or the phones when parents are the ones too negligent to discipline or guide their kids.

Yes, there should be a limit as to how much one does something and kids should focus on school, but let's not blame the forms of entertainment for that entirely.

Darkstorn3166d ago

I agree. If parents regulated their kids' video game purchases, then perhaps all these video game horror stories wouldn't be making headlines. Also, it would get some of those annoying preteens off Xbox Live and PSN ;)

xLordOblivionx3166d ago

I'd say about 3/4 of my screen staring is for educational reasons, so a lot of it isn't necessarily for fun and games. But yea, we need to stop being so reliant on computers and television, it's made me extremely myopic. =(

LeonSKennedy4Life3166d ago

Yeah...

Parents buy their kids games to shut them up.

It's pathetic.

Be a good parent. Please.

ThePostalDudeX3166d ago

Well it didn't seem to shut you up.

-MD-3166d ago

What an ironic post.

duplissi3166d ago

in other news the sky is blue!

VanHalen3166d ago

Maybe the parents should be regulating what the [email protected] they are feeding their kids and leave games alone already!

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