We can no longer imagine leisure, or the home, without media and communication technologies, and for the most part, we would not want to. Yet as worldwide the television screen in the family home is set to become the site of a multimedia culture integrating telecommunications, broadcasting, computing and video, many questions arise concerning their place in our daily lives. Young People and New Media offers an invaluable up-to-date account of children and young people's changing media environment at the end of the twentieth century. By locating the insights drawn from a major empirical research reported in Young People, New Media within a survey of the burgeoning but fragmented research literature on ne
Chapter 3: Media, Leisure and Lifestyle
Media, Leisure and Lifestyle
Avoiding Media – Centrism
Two-thirds of UK children and teenagers have a television in their bedroom. Over half of UK homes with children have at least one personal computer, with Internet access growing rapidly. Overall, 6-17 year olds are spending some five hours per day with the media (Livingstone and Bovill, 1999). Roberts et al. (1999) obtain similar findings – of five and a half hours – in the USA. This is a considerable investment of time, revealing children and young people's priorities and preferences, as well as the constraints which structure the leisure options available to them. Of this five hours, around half is spent with television (46% on average), a further fifth on music, around 10% on ...