Facts and TV Statistics
Facts, figures, studies and surveys on popular entertainment, it's influence and effects.
- 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
1949: 2% of US homes had television.
2007: more than 98% of US homes have at least one television set.
1970: about 7% of homes had cable television.
2008: about 60% of US homes have cable television.
- 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
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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