According to the Kaiser Family Foundation Study – Generation M2,
Over the past to five years, there has been a huge increase in media use among young people ages 8 to 18.
That doesn’t surprise anyone, especially parents and youthworkers.
According to the study…in 2005, the average media use (computer, TV, music, video, etc.) was 6 1/2 hours per day (with a content level of 8 1/2 hours because of multi-tasking). In 2010, the average media use was 7 1/2 hours per day (with a content level of 10 3/4 hours). That means young people are engaged with media more than 53 hours a week.
How are they spending their time?
- listening to music – 43%
- using the computer – 40%
- watching TV – 39% (although not in real time, but recorded)
- reading – 27%
- playing video games – 22%
And 20% of media consumption (2:07) occurs on mobile devices!
And, according to a 2013 Pew Research Study,
- 78% of teens have cell phone (47% own smartphones)
- 23% of teens have a tablet computer (similar to the adult population)
- 95% of teens use the internet
- 93% of teens have a computer (or access to one at home)
- Access to information has shifted, and this means learning has changed.
- Communication patterns have shifted, not only digitally but also face-to-face.
- Socialization is changing, and not just for young people.
- Multi-tasking is changing the ability to focus, and our sense of time.
- Technology is integrated in a way of life, it is not separate from our daily living.