But, I have some reactions to the report cited and quoted in this piece. For one,
The report, a compilation of seven studies, found children swimming in a media ocean. Each day, it said, schoolchildren “pack almost 8 hours of media exposure into 5.5 hours of time” because they multitask with video games, music players and TV.
There is an interesting conclusion that I "read" into the research presented. Firstly, today's children seem to be doing pretty well, considering they're "swimming," not drowning in video, music and television five-and-one-half hours daily. And, what exactly does "multitask" mean in this case? Does it mean having the MP3 player going while they're playing a video game, just like I would have the radio on while cooking dinner, or sports fans watching a ? I bet they could even have media exposure while they're reading, say, listening (or should I say, being "exposed") to Bach while reading. And, couldn't one say that "8 hours of media exposure into 5.5 hours of time" is "over-exposure," akin to getting 2 hours of sunlight in a 20-minute tanning session? And, just like being overly tired means needing a nap, does being "overexposed" to electronic media (since "media" unqualified technically should include newspapers, journals, books and other written material) mean the children would need a rest from it? Perhaps that is what books have always been. In that situation, would an e-book be eligible for the respite from the daily electronic ocean tsunami?
The report and article go on to say that despite this
Where do these children find the time to sleep (unless that's one of the multiple tasks they are performing when they are watching television or playing video games)? And "most days of the week" implies to me about four days out of the week. Is this hour in school in which many now have what is called DEAR -- Drop Everything And Read? Yes, we all must consciously set aside time for reading, or make time seems more apropos, at least a few more hours every day to fit in all that aggressive behaviour.About 90 percent of children ages 5 to 9 still read books most days of the week, the report said, spending about an hour a day, either reading or being read to.