Zero to Eight: Children's Media Use in America
- Key Finding 1: Young Children Use Digital Media Frequently
- Key Finding 2: Substantial Digital Divide
- Key Finding 3: Kids Under 2 Spend Most Time Watching TV
- Key FInding 4: TV Dominates Young Child Media Time
- Key Finding 5: Broadcast TV Most Accessible
- Key Finding 6: Demographic DIfferences in Media Use
- Key Finding 7: Media Multitasking
Children under 2 spend twice as much time watching TV and videos as they do reading books.
In a typical day, 47% of babies and toddlers ages 0 through 1 watch TV or DVDs, and those who do watch spend an average of nearly two hours (1:54) doing so. This is an average of :53 among all children in this age group, compared to an average of :23 a day reading or being read to. Nearly one in three (30%) has a TV in their bedroom. In 2005, among children ages 6-23 months, 19% had a TV in their bedroom. Looking just at 6- to 23-month-olds in the current study, 29% have a TV in their bedroom.