Thanks for that clarification. That helps some, although I a still
concerned with the amount of time most of us spend "connected".
On Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 4:05 PM, Nissa Flanagan <[log in to unmask]>
> I find the way that this study is reported (and it keeps turning up on my
> Facebook feed!) is very misleading, and I wish I was seeing more criticism
> of this article!
> The Kaiser study includes listening to music and reading print books as
> consumption of media, and it counts concurrent use in a way which makes it
> easy to make the data sound as inflammatory as possible. For example, if I
> read a book for two hours while listening to music, I've just consumed four
> hours of media in what I consider to be a wholesome and ideal way. HOWEVER
> when the Times uses that concurrent number to say kids are consuming media
> for 11 hours a day right under a headline with Screen Addiction in it, I
> consider that to be very misleading.
> I do think kids should spend more time outside than watching television and
> using computers/tablets/phones, and this study shows that kids have a lot
> of free time that could be spent in other ways. There is a lot of really
> useful and interesting stuff in the Kaiser Study, and some really
> interesting conversations to be had about media use - but I feel like the
> lazy way this keeps getting reported is designed to shock rather than
> Whew, thanks for letting me vent! And thanks to Nicole for sharing!
> Nissa Flanagan
> On Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 1:51 PM, Nicole Rancourt <
> [log in to unmask]
> > wrote:
> > An interesting bit about a hot issue.
> > I'm a fan of tech for sure, but this statement is scary to me:
> > "The average 8- to 10-year-old spends nearly eight hours a day with a
> > variety of different media, and older children and teenagers spend more
> > than 11 hours per day."
> > ~ Nicole
> > Nicole Rancourt
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