In only a few years, the use of mobile technology (e.g., smartphones, tablets, e-readers) by children in the United States has changed dramatically. Total daily screen time, a metric of summed exposure to devices capable of displaying video content (e.g., smartphones, tablets, TVs) for children 8 to 18 years old, has nearly doubled since 1999. Screen time among youth is particularly high with recent reports suggesting that 97% of adolescents engage with media on a daily basis, averaging nearly nine hours per day across all devices.
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Children today spend, on average, as much time daily engaging in screen media activities as on any other waking activity – including school – and for teenagers, more than they sleep on average.