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Kids spending too much time with technology?

Youth are spending more time with every form of media than ever, according to a report released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. They spend more hours on the computer, in front of television, playing video games, texting and listening to music than an adult spends full-time at work. According to the study, children ages 8 to 18 are now spending more than 53 hours a week (7:38 hours/day) using entertainment media. Ten years ago, that figure was 43 hours a week. Read the full article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  January 20, 2010; 8:41 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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They didn't need to do a study. All you need to do is drive around a residential area after school and count the number of kids who are playing football, baseball, or simply playing. You won't find anyone doing these things.

Thirty years ago the lawns, playgrounds, and yards would be full of kids having fun. Now when school gets out they go straight home and are not seen again until the next morning.

Posted by: MKadyman | January 20, 2010 9:36 AM

We have seen a change, and it is not just driven by kids wanting to use the techtoys. My mom used to shove us out the door after school, ringing the dinner bell when it was time to come home - yet my friends now say they are concerned about having their pre-teens play outside unsupervised. As the father of young boys, I can attest to the attraction they feel for tech and TV. But still, it is up to us as parents to manage that for their best interests.

Posted by: harkish | January 21, 2010 1:08 AM

"All you need to do is drive around a residential area after school and count the number of kids who are playing football, baseball, or simply playing. You won't find anyone doing these things."

Great. I guess then there's no reason for me to bother driving 25 mph anymore. Technology is making EVERYTHING faster!

Posted by: ComfortablyDumb | January 21, 2010 5:28 PM

Absolutely correct about the kids in the neighborhood! I boot mine outside afterschool everyday and you should hear the whining and complaining -- "there's nothing to do, nobody to play with!" It's like a ghost town! And we wonder why we hav a childhood obesity epidemic?

Posted by: melissar2 | January 22, 2010 10:39 AM

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