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 new study in the Journal of Pediatrics says the average eight year old child spends eight hours a day on media. A teen typically more than 11 hours of media a day
- In 2011, 36% of teens had a smartphone.  In 2014, it grew  to 79%.
- 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
- 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

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
1970: about 7% of homes had cable television.
2008: about 60% of US homes have cable television.

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
- 2/3 of children in the United States have television sets in their bedrooms.
- Children watch about 28 hours of television a week.
- 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
- More and more homes have multiple TVs, meaning children have greater opportunity to view programs without parental consent or supervision.
- 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.

Cable Choice Campaign
Shouldn't you have a choice in the channels you want your children to watch?

Video Games

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