Study: Teens Spend More Time On Entertainment Media Than Sleeping

| by Michael Allen
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A new study has found that teens spend more time on entertainment media -  social media, music, gaming, online videos, TV - than sleeping.

Common Sense Media, a non-profit in San Francisco, released a new report on Nov. 3 that said teens, ages 13-18, spend an average of nine hours per day on media.

Younger children, ages 10-12, had an average of six hours of daily media consumption.

According to the study, 51 percent of teens often or sometimes watch TV while doing their homework. Additionally, 50 percent are on social media, 60 percent are texting and 76 percent are listening to tunes during homework time, notes USA TODAY.

When broken down by race, black teens led with an average of 11 hours and 10 minutes, Latinos clocked in at eight hours and 51 minutes, while white teens were at eight hours and 27 minutes.

James P. Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, said in a press release:

Our world is changing and kids are spending a lot of time with media -- and they are doing it in a variety of ways and on many platforms. The census really sheds light on how different media use is for different kids – from boys to girls, low income to more affluent, and kids from all ethnic backgrounds. 

There are a lot of ways media use can be educational and beneficial for our kids, from learning apps and web sites to creating content. The media use census provides parents, educators and the media industry with an excellent overview of what kids are doing today and how we can make the most of the media and technology in their lives.

Sources: Common Sense Media, USA TODAY / Photo Credit: SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget/Wikimedia