Kids spend 53 hours a week using entertainment media

A new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation found the amount of time kids spend using entertainment media has increased to new heights.

A new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the amount of time kids spend using entertainment media has increased to new heights. Looking at time spent using items like smartphones, computers, TV, and other electronic devices, the study determined kids today spend an average of seven-and-a-half hours a day surfing the Web, listening to music, and sending texts to friends. That's almost 53 hours a week, well above the average adult's 40-hour work week.

The survey was last conducted five years ago when it found that kids spent six-and-a-half hours using entertainment media, a benchmark that authors of the study said at the time was the highest level the usage would hit.

From The New York Times:

“This is a stunner,” said Donald F. Roberts, a Stanford communications professor emeritus who is one of the authors of the study. “In the second report, I remember writing a paragraph saying we've hit a ceiling on media use, since there just aren't enough hours in the day to increase the time children spend on media. But now it's up an hour.”

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