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Kids Spend Eight Hours in Front of Some Form of Electronic Media Daily

How Much Time Do You Spend in Front of a Screen Each Day?

Obviously with my job, I spend over eight hours in front of my computer screen, and maybe an additional one or two during the day checking up on my reader, emails, and apps on my iPhone, or playing a video game at home. That's a lot of working hours for my eyeballs! But a recent study shows that kids these days aren't that far behind. Children between the ages of 8 and 18 spend almost eight hours a day in front of some form of electronic media. But agile multitaskers of the future that they are, they can pack in over 10 hours of information in that time.

This is not surprising to me since I see kids all the time with their noses in a DS, or clicking away on their cell phones. On one hand, it's amazing how kids can adapt to new media so easily, but on the other, I wonder how much of the outside world they're missing, and when (or if) they'll learn to stop and smell the roses between their text messaging marathons. I'm curious — how much time do you spend in front of a screen each day?

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GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 7 years
To be fair, I work at an online company so I'm in front of a computer at least 40 hours a week. At home, I've broken my computer habit by limiting Facebook and Sugar to before/after work and during lunch breaks (and.. maybe occasionally throughout the day. Sparingly, of course). However, I have been playing a lot of Borderlands lately and I'm totally addicted to Words with Friends on my iphone. The only time I don't feel kind of lost without technology is when I have nature to distract me (hikes, walks, bike rides)!
bingbingboom bingbingboom 7 years
My job requires me at least 8-10 hours of computer time each day. Recently I've started to suffer from shoulder and neck pain from excessive usage. Not a good sign!
cherrypie61 cherrypie61 7 years
I work 12 hr shifts everyday in front of the computer. Sometimes actually working and other times just browsing the internet hehe.
Susanna Susanna 7 years
I'm on the computer almost all day at work (8 hrs). I try to avoid the computer at home, and don't watch a lot of TV, but still. Plus phone time!
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 7 years
I work on a computer for 8 hours and then use my phone on breaks, and watch tv at home for at least two more hours. Then again that's only because i do absolutely nothing after I get out of work (i then go to class and then come home, pooped)
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