Last Updated Mar 21, 2010 11:24 PM EDT
Stanford researchers in conjunction with the Kaiser Family Foundation found that today's youth spends a whopping seven hours and 38 minutes a day with entertainment media. But due to "media multi-tasking," they're actually consuming 10 hours and 45 minutes worth of content during that time.
How much time are young people spending with different types of media? Here's the breakdown:
- Nine minutes a day reading magazines; three minutes reading print newspapers; two minutes reading online magazines and newspapers
- Twenty-two minutes a day with social networking sites; 17 minutes playing online games; 15 minutes at video sites like YouTube
- Four hours and 29 minutes a day watching television, including TV programs viewed online
"The amount of time young people spend with media has grown to where it's even more than a full-time work week," said Drew Altman, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation, in a press release. "When children are spending this much time doing anything, we need to understand how it's affecting them -- for good and bad."
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