Posted on June 8, 2011

Minority Kids Spend Most of Their Waking Hours Plugged In

Mary Brophy Marcus, USA Today, June 8, 2011

Minority children spend an average of 13 hours a day using mobile devices, computers, TVs and other media–about 4½ hours more than white kids, says a report out today.

The findings, from Northwestern University, are being presented to childhood and telecommunications experts in Washington, D.C.


Among 8- to 18-year-olds, Asian Americans logged the most media use (13 hours, 13 minutes a day), followed by Hispanics (13 hours), blacks (12 hours, 59 minutes), and whites (8 hours, 36 minutes.)


The report shows that compared with white children, minority youth:

•Watch TV and videos one to two hours more a day;

•Listen to music about an hour more a day;

•Use computers about 1½ hours more a day;

•Play video games 30 to 40 minutes longer a day.