Teen media consumption is not uncommon because today’s teens and tweens spend their days watching TV, playing video games, listening to music, texting, and tweeting.
Common Sense Media, a nonprofit that promotes the safe usage of technology for families and children, released the first large-scale study of full media usage by teens and tweens. It included a sample of over 2,600 kids ranging from ages 8 to 18. According to the report, American teens spend an average of nine hours a day using media for enjoyment. Tweens (children ages 8 to 12) consume digital media for about six hours a day. Nine hours is more time than most teens spend sleeping and even longer than an average school day.
James Steyer, CEO of Common Sense Media, says, “It just shows you that these kids live in this massive 24/7 digital media technology world, and it’s shaping every aspect of their life. They spend far more time with media technology than any other thing in their life.”