Facts and TV Statistics

Facts, figures, studies and surveys on popular entertainment, it's influence and effects.

The New Media: The Wild Wild West

- A study in the Journal of Pediatrics says the average eight year old child spends eight hours a day on media. A teen typically spends more than 11 hours of their day on screens.

- In 2018, teen smartphone use is at 91%. In 2011, it was only 36%.

- A 2017 NY Times study 2017 shows teens and adults check their smart phones at least 150 times per day and text at least 110 times per day. This does even not include Instagram, Snapchat or other texting options.

- In 2011, 1% of kids 8 and under had tablets. In 2017, 42% do.

- 13 to 17 year olds send an average of 3,300 texts per month.

- Nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online.  1 in 4 say it has happened more than once.

- 72% of children say they have been cyberbullied because of their looks.

- Only 1 in 10 kids report bullying to their parents

- More than 58% of children surveyed (ages 14 -17) report having seen a pornographic site on the Internet or on their phone.

- 50% of teens (aged 3-18)  frequently communicate online with someone they've never met in person

- 37% have received a link to sexually explicit content

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Television: A "Continuing Pervasive" Medium

1949:  2% of US homes had television.
1955:  64%     
1968:  93%
2007:  more than 98% of US homes have at least one television set.

Cable TV and Online Streaming
1970: about 7% of homes had cable television.
2008: about 60% of US homes have cable television.
2017: although many are cutting the cable, 59% still use cable as their primary source to watch TV.  At least 28% are now streaming online and this number is growing quickly.
2017: over 61% of 18-19 have online streaming services

The Numbers
- Children Watching Violent Broadcast TV Shows Exposed to Guns or Bladed Weapons Every 3 Minutes . See more number on media violence.

- The most violent shows on broadcast TV have essentially similar levels of violence as the most violent cable TV shows, rendering untrue the popular assumption that broadcast TV is a “safer” media environment for children

- More than 2/3 of children in the United States have television sets in their bedrooms.

- Children spend more time watching television than time spent in school.

- Children spend more time watching television than in any other activity except sleep.

- Television reaches children at a younger age and for more time than any other socializing institution except the family.

- By age 18, a U.S. youth will have seen 16,000 simulated murders and 200,000 acts of violence. American Psychiatric Association

-  In a national opinion poll conducted for TV Guide (8/2/03), 57% of TV viewers said they 'noticed an increase in offensive material on television lately.

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Video Games

- 75% of American households with more than one child have video game equipment.

-3/4 of parents say they "always" or "sometimes" check the ratings on their kids' games. Yet, half of boys surveyed listed a game with an "M" (Mature) or "AO" (adult only) rating as one of their favorite vido games.

- Approximately 40% of families with preschoolers own video game equipment.

- 97% of teens ages 12-17 play computer, web, portable, or console games; 50% played games “yesterday.” Pew Research Center