Increased TV Viewing by Kids 2 to 11

By , November 2, 2009 9:10 pm

Nielsen released a study last Monday (October 26) which found that children ages 2 to 5 watch more than 32 hours of TV per week. Kids ages 6 to 11 only watch about 28 hours per week (but they are in school more which accounts for the reduced TV watching).

When you consider that most adults work a 40 hour week, I find those numbers to be astonishing.  Apparently this is the most television viewing for 2 to 11 year-olds since 1995.

Also according to this study, kids aged 6 to 11 also watch more commercials than older kids or adults. Thanks to the wonders of DVR, they also watch the same programs over and over again.

What about video games?  The same study says that children ages 6 to 11 spend nearly 2.5 hours per week playing video games on a TV.

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SOURCES:

Nielsen Wire Blog: TV Viewing Among Kids at an Eight-Year High

MSNBC – Study: Many Tots Watch 32 Hours of TV a Week

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5 Responses to “Increased TV Viewing by Kids 2 to 11”

  1. BOATBABY says:

    How sad, how sad, how very very sad. So much for family time right? I always think about that when people defend that their kids “only” watch 1-2 hours a day. Thank you for sharing this.

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    Mom Unplugged Reply:

    Yes it is sad. I was really shocked at these numbers. 32 hours a week is a lot!

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  2. Maha says:

    Wow, that’s over 4.5 hours a day for toddlers/preschoolers. That is just crazy.

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    Mom Unplugged Reply:

    Yes, amazing isn’t it? But very sad. I just picture these children sitting there glued to the cartoons and the ads. Also, the image of kids just watching the same taped show over and over again is so tragic.

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  3. Sarah says:

    This is NUTS!!!

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