Some of the results of the survey are listed below.
The two sections of the class had the following results:
Section 1 (5:30-6:45):
Television – 1.75 hours
Music – 1.37
Computer – 3.02
Video Games – 0.74
Print – 0.88
Internet – 2.75
Total screen time = 5.51 hours — Total media time = 8.69 hours
Section 2 (7:00-8:15)
Television – 1.28 hours
Music – 1.12
Computer – 2.84
Video Games – 0.56
Print – 1.00
Internet – 2.70
Total screen time = 4.67 hours — Total media time = 7.74 hours
These results are from a study done by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the image was produced by the NY Times:
More information can be found from the article in the NY Times from which this image originates. Another recent article, “Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction” also explores the massive amount of media use by today’s youth. You can also view a video that covers the same material as the article:
What do you think about both the class results and those of the Kaiser study? What kind of effect is this having on us individually and socially? What do you think of the rapid pace of change (in terms of device ownership for example)? Were you surprised by any of the results?
Though I did not include it in this survey in previous classes there was very little overlap for qualitative answers about movies, music, and television. In one class there were only a dozen of all three categories combined (out of a total of 138 different bands, movies or shows) that were listed three or more times. What does the massive amount of choice and lack of overlap mean for thinking about popular culture as a common culture? Do you think that we are losing a common cultural ground with the proliferation of media choices? What does this mean? Would it be a good thing or a bad thing?
We will continue to engage these questions as the course progresses.