Study Reports Students Access An Average Of 14.3 Screens, Have Potential To Reach 671 02/23/2010

Study Reports Students Access An Average Of 14.3 Screens, Have Potential To Reach 671 02/23/2010

This article is really interesting. It shows that social media is really here to stay and that communication via email and phone are for key relationships.  It’s time to take heed of this phenomenon and get comfortable with Facebook, Twitter, etc…

via MediaPost Publications Social Studies: Study Reports Students Access An Average Of 14.3 Screens, Have Potential To Reach 671 02/23/2010.

2 Comments

  1. Kim

    one of the things that concerns me about this report is the statement that the kids prefer texting over face to face communication. I know that this study was done with college aged people, but this whole process seems to be filtering down to younger and younger kids. there are 3rd graders on facebook, 1st graders with cell phones, and babies in bouncers in front of the TV.

    Are our kids going to miss out on learning those all important subtle clues in body language from not interacting with people in person? I think it is okay, and perhaps necessary, to say no to unlimited access to TV, computers, video games, cell phones, etc.

    Maybe those parents who limit these will actually be giving their kids a leg up in the future. Maybe kids who spend their free time in face to face interactions, playing outside in the fresh air and using large muscles, looking far distances, and breathing deeply, will end up being more well adjusted and well rounded than the kids who are constantly in front of a screen.

    I am the mean mom who does not allow my kids to have facebook accounts (at least not before high school), texting privileges, or unlimited computer, tv, or video game time. So far, it does not seem to have caused any harm and I do see some big benefits to the limits we’ve set.

    I don’t know the answers to all of this, but it is a very interesting topic.

    • Daniel Rose

      Kim, I agree! There are some very disturbing things in the report. It’s very difficult to figure out how to navigate it all. I think that you are finding some good balance. As a person who is seeking to reach this generation with gospel, I am finding that this is the language that they speak. I despise texting, however, if I want to connect with a kid in the emerging generation, I better text.

      I am also finding that I am trying to do much of what you are doing, namely, convincing kids that personal, one on one conversations are worth the effort and better in the long run. Here’s to parents and pastors getting on the same page!

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