January 18, 2016
Given the variety of activities children can undertake on their phones and tablets, does it make sense to talk about "screen time" any more? And in this transmedia world, how can we effectively measure children's media usage - or should we even bother to try?
Read Vicky Rideout's commentary in the Journal of Children and Media on why it does make sense to continue doing our best to measure the time children and teens spend with various types of media, using quantitative, nationally representative, probabilistic samples - despite the many challenges of doing so. The article includes lots of key data from the recent Common Sense Census: Media Use By Tweens and Teens, now available in an academic journal.