Common Sense Media Analysis

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These days all of us spend a lot of time looking at all kinds of screens. We spend far more time with media technology than any other thing in our life. Teens are spending more than one-third of their days using media — nearly nine hours on average, according to a new study from the family technology education nonprofit group, Common Sense Media. Even more than sleeping! For tweens, those between the ages of 8 and 12, the average is nearly six hours per day. Black and Hispanic children spend far more time with media than White children do. Some of the largest differences are in TV viewing: Black children spend twice as much time watching TV compared to White youth, according to Kaiser Foundation. Differences by race/ethnicity remain even after controlling for other factors such as age, parents’ education, and single vs. two-parent homes.…show more content…
Mobile devices account for 41% of all screen time for tweens and 46% for teens. James Steyer, the founder of Common Sense Media, in a CNN interview, sounds the alarm. He says, “The implications of this digital transformation are huge for tweens and teens, educators, policymakers and parents. For one, living and communicating via mobile devices gets in the way of empathy.” “Texting is so much less empathetic than having a conversation in person and looking somebody in the eye and having physical or at least a verbal presence with them”, he
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