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What does it mean that digital technologies are increasingly a part of...
American adults this year will for the first time spend more time each day using digital media than watching TV, according to a new report by eMarketer.
Adults in the U.S. are averaging five hours and nine minutes daily with digital media, up from four hours and 31 minutes last year and three hours and 50 minutes in 2011. The amount of time they spend watching TV has essentially stayed flat in that time period. It was pegged at four hours and 31 minutes this year, down slightly from four hours and 38 minutes in 2012.
Overall, the amount of time spent consuming media in all its forms — digital, TV, radio and print — is cranking ever upward, though radio and print are dropping off, according to eMarketer. U.S. adults are spending an average of 11 hours and 52 minutes every day with media, up 13 minutes from last year.
The surge in digital consumption has predictably been driven by mobile. U.S. adults now spend an average of two hours and 21 minutes per day using their mobile devices for activities other than phone calls, up 46 minutes from last year.
David Carr, Parodying Cable News With a Talk About Race
Let’s hope so.
I think the Google TV team have a huge opportunity with the new Chromecast device. Despite all of the previous awful efforts at Google to get into the living room, Chromecast is really different. It’s simple — a wireless dongle that plugs into the back of the TV, no wires, and a wireless connection to the internet that allows control of the TV as a video streaming device from smartphones, tablets, and PCs. It especially does not require a remote.
Google has blindsided Apple with what I think will be the TV device of the decade.
Draw that line out to the dead cat bounce around 5 years from now. ‘Premium’ content on ‘TV’ will be worth zero. TV is about to go through the hell that newspapers have already seen: the collapse of their business model, and the migration of the people formerly known as the audience.
Nick Bilton, What Does a Tablet Do to the Child’s Mind?
A report published last week by the Millennium Cohort Study, a long-term study group in Britain that has been following 19,000 children born in 2000 and 2001, found that those who watched more than three hours of television, videos or DVDs a day had a higher chance of conduct problems, emotional symptoms and relationship problems by the time they were 7 than children who did not. The study, of a sample of 11,000 children, found that children who played video games — often age-appropriate games — for the same amount of time did not show any signs of negative behavioral changes by the same age.
TV appears to be bad for kids in large doses, but video games are not.
Tom Smith, Social media now more popular than TV
The rise of digital has been supercharged by social media. Out of the 5.6 hours that we spend with online media, an average of 48% is spent with social media (which is 26% of overall media consumption, compared to TV’s 23%).
I am unfollowing people who post (too much) stuff about TV series. Maybe there’s a place for that, but I continue to feel TV is junk, a medium dominated by sentimentality and bourgeois platitudes.
Apologies to all that I offend. Isn’t there a movie to watch or a book to read?
Kerry Washington, first black female lead in US TV in 40 years.
She reminds me of Scarlett Johannson: