Children from families earning less than $ 35,000 a year spend two hours a day more on smartphones and tablets than rich children
- Children from poor families watch a screen for 8.5 hours a day
- Children whose families earn more than $ 100,000 a year spend six hours and 49 minutes
- The most popular activity is watching videos, followed by playing video games
Children from low-income families spend considerably more time on their phones and tablets than children from rich families.
This finding comes from one new study of Common Sense, a non-profit organization that studies the effects of media and technology on families and education.
Children aged 13 to 18 whose families earn $ 35,000 each year spend 8.5 hours a day using smartphones, tablets, playing video games, or watching other screened media.
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Children whose parents earn less than $ 35,000 a year watch screens for 8.5 hours a day
Children from 13 to 18 years old from families whose parents earn more than $ 100,000 a year spend six hours and 49 minutes on the same group of devices.
For tweens (children aged 8 to 12) from low-income families, the daily use of screens was around six hours compared to roughly four hours for tweens from richer families.
Watching video & # 39; s or TV shows was the most popular activity among both age groups, while playing video games was the second most popular activity.
Teenagers spent four times as much time as tweens on social media.
Sixteen percent of teenage screen time across all income groups was spent on social media, compared to just four percent for tweens.
& # 39; For lower-income users, screen media are very affordable activities compared to so many other options in their lives that cost money & # 39 ;, principal investigator Vicky Rideout said. Recode.
& # 39; Even public schools ask for money to be on athletic teams. & # 39;
& # 39; To a certain extent you could say that lower-income users use media to compensate for the lack of opportunities in other areas of life, whether learning, connecting with others, accessing information or entertainment. & # 39;
The effects of so much screening time on young people is still unclear.
Common Sense is a non-profit organization that studies the effects of media and technology on families and education
Looking at screens may just as well be a full-time job for the average teenager, who takes seven hours and 22 minutes of every day
Both teenagers and tweens have dramatically increased the amount of time they watch daily on their smartphones and tablets
A study earlier this year suggested that too much screen time was linked to ADHD in toddlers.
Another study suggested that screens are to blame for teenagers who get less than they need.
In 2017, researchers from Oxford said that the use of smartphones and tablets was a good thing for teenagers and that the positive effects peaked at around 257 minutes a day.
For Rideout, the results of the media survey do not indicate obvious conclusions.
& # 39; We are not really saying that this is bad or good, but that this is a difference, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; It's a difference that we might want to take a closer look at. & # 39;
HOW MANY SCREENTIME SHOULD TEENAGERS GET?
A recent San Diego State University survey found that the happiest teenagers were those who limited their daily digital media time to just under two hours a day.
After this daily hour of screen time, the accident steadily increased with increasing screen time.
Looking at historical trends from the same age groups since the 1990s, the researchers found that the increase in screen equipment over time coincided with a general decrease in reported happiness among American teenagers.
Study participants born after 2000 were less satisfied with life, had lower self-esteem and were more unhappy than those who grew up in the 1990s.
Since 2012, the satisfaction, confidence and happiness of the average teenager has fallen sharply.
That year meant the point at which the proportion of Americans who had a smartphone for the first time rose above 50 percent.
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