Study: Minority Kids Spend Most Waking Hours Plugged In To Media

Study: Minority kids spend up to 13 hours on average plugged in
Study: Minority kids spend up to 13 hours on average plugged in

USA Today reports:

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.)
Researchers didn't say why, but some experts have theories.

"Children may turn to media if they feel their neighborhoods lack safe places to play or if their parents have especially demanding jobs that prevent engagement," says Frederick Zimmerman, chair of the department of Health Services at UCLA School of Public Health.

Michael Rich, professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Children's Hospital Boston tells USA Today that screen time may also be the culprit behind the obesity epidemic among minority kids and contribute to their sleep deprivation:

Growing obesity rates among children, especially minority youth, may also correlate to the high screen time...Rich, who blogs online at, says he is also concerned about the content of media being viewed, and that children are losing valuable sleep hours to electronics, which can affect school performance and behavior.

I have one question on this: where are the parents?

This program aired on June 8, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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Rachel Zimmerman previously reported on health and the intersection of health and business for WBUR. She is working on a memoir about rebuilding her family after her husband’s suicide. 



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