What’s Wrong With This Picture?

I’m looking at a neat bar graph showing usage of mobile media by children in various age groups. And another one that shows percentages of children with a TV in their bedroom in various age groups.

Did you know that 10% of 0- to 1-year-olds have “used a smartphone, video iPod, iPad, or similar device to play games, watch videos, or use other apps”? The number jumps to 39% of 2- to 4-year-olds and 52% of 5- to 8-year-olds.

So I’m sure the first thing you ask yourself is this: “How can that be? I’m a grownup and I don’t even know what an app is!” And the second thing you ask is: “Wait a minute – some of these kids can’t even walk or talk yet – they’re using smartphones? How the heck do they do that? Do you have a video of this stuff?”

And when it comes to a television, 30% of 0- to 1-year-olds, 44% of 2- to 4-year-olds and 47% of 5- to 8-year-olds have one in their bedroom.

This also seems incredibly unfair. I didn’t get one until I was 24.

Seriously, is your mind boggled yet?

If not, how about this: “During a ‘typical’ day, 11 percent of those young ones use a cell phone or other mobile devices for ‘media consumption,’ spending an average of 43 minutes with them.” And this: “nine-month-olds spend nearly an hour a day watching television or DVDs.” Or this: “children under age 2 spend twice as much time watching TV and videos (53 minutes) as they do reading books (23 minutes).”

So I’m still trying to figure out who would let a child have a television in their bedroom. Or would park an infant in front of a boob tube. Which is called that for a reason.

Now I know that these kids did not drive their strollers into the nearest Apple store, fill a shopping cart, then plunk down their piggy bank to pay for it.

So whatever happened to being a parent?

Posted on October 29, 2011, in Commentary, Humor, Other, Parenting. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Ah, but being a parent is so much EASIER when you don’t have to think about it…of course, when the kids is 17 and can’t read you may HAVE to think about it, but meanwhile you can talk on your iPhone uninterrupted…

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