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Media Use Among U.S. Children

Where Are the Books?

How much time are Internet-savvy kids spending reading books for fun these days? According to a recent study by Northwestern University, most students read books for less than half an hour a day. The report, Children, Media, and Race: Media Use Among White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian American Children, breaks down media usage by age group and race, revealing how much time young people spend consuming media every day.

When researchers added up all the time per day young people between the ages of 8 and 18 spend listening to music, watching TV, playing video games, using the computer, going to the movies, and reading print, they found that white youth consume an average of 8.5 hours of media content and black, Hispanic, and Asian youth each consume about 13 hours. (These times do not reflect consecutive hours spent using media; they include simultaneous media usage.)

But when asked how much time they spent using computers for schoolwork, the rates ranged from 16 to 20 minutes a day, according to the study.

And reading books? Researchers found the average time per day teens spent reading books for pleasure ranged from 17 minutes for Hispanic students to 19 minutes for blacks and 23 minutes for whites.

So much for the joy of reading.


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