By Dr. Brent Conrad
Clinical Psychologist for TechAddiction
Today’s children are literally surrounded by technology everywhere they go – even (especially?) at home. Smartphones, high speed internet, internet connected TVs, video game consoles, ereaders, tablets…the list grows every year.
Just how common is technology in the home? How have families and their kids embraced the explosion of technology and media devices over the past few years? In this article, TechAddiction answers these questions with reference to a recent study by Common Sense Media.
Children and Technology – The Statistics
For US households with children eight years old or younger:
Television adoption is almost universal - 98% have a television in the home
72% of children have access to a computer at home
67% of children own a video game system (24% own a portable video game system)
29% of children own an educational gaming system
42% of children have a television in their bedroom
2% of children own a cell phone
29% of children have a video player in their bedroom
11% of children have a video game system in their bedroom
4% of children have a computer in their bedroom
10% of children live in a home in which the television is left on all the time (29% live in a home in which the TV is on “most” of the time)
68% of households have cable TV
80% of households have a video player
68% of households have speed internet
9% of households have an ereader
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