The times they are a’changin’ according to Bob Dylan. And, not always for the better, it seems. I must confess that, as an old man whose eyes ain’t what they used to be, I like the idea of making the print bigger on my screen when reading. I read my Wall Street Journal on a tablet and any books I can, so I like my screens.
Almost half of young children now have their own tablet, a new report says.
According to the report, which comes from Common Sense Media, those tablets are seeing plenty of use. Kids younger than eight are reportedly spending an average of two hours and 19 minutes per day glued to screens. Roughly 30 percent of that time is spent on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. Forty-two percent of youngsters have a personal tablet.
While screen use has held fairly steady over time—kids in 2011 spent two hours and 16 minutes per day looking at screens, for example—the medium of choice has changed dramatically, according to the Common Sense Census. Television is still the most popular screen, but daily time spent watching the tube has dropped by 11 minutes since 2011. During the same time period, meanwhile, mobile device use has exploded from five minutes per day to its…
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