A new study reports that minority youth spend a whopping 13 hours a day on various forms of media. That’s four hours more than their white counterparts.
The report is the first to sort media use statistics based on race or ethnicity. They found kids from minority backgrounds watching more TV, playing more video games, listening to more music and spending more time with computers and mobile devices.
The one thing white kids and minorities did at exactly the same rate: reading. Both groups read for pleasure about half an hour a day.
The report doesn’t say why they believe minority children are spending more time on media. It does stress that everyone is using too much media, regardless of race or ethnicity. USA Today offers up one expert’s opinion on what might be going on here:
“Children may turn to media if they feel their neighborhoods lack safe places to play or if their parents have especially demanding jobs that prevent engagement,” says Frederick Zimmerman, chair of the department of Health Services at UCLA School of Public Health.
I know my kids media use is about 100 percent the result of me being distracted or busy with work, so I totally believe there’s credibility to at least the second half of this theory.
How much media to do your kids consume? What do you think drives them to choose electronic media over other activities?
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