Thursday, January 17, 2008

Living Through Television

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Life through a lens: how Britain's children

eat, sleep and breathe TV

· 'Multitasking' youngsters surf net while watching TV
· 63% watch programmes in bed before going to sleep

A generation of "multitasking" children are living their daily
lives - including eating and falling asleep - to the accompaniment
of television, according to a survey of youngsters' media habits.

The flickering of the screen accompanies most of them before
they go to school, when they return home, as they consume
their evening meal and then - for 63%, far more than read a
book each day - in bed at night. The study of five- to 16-year
-olds shows that four out of five children now have a TV set in
their bedroom.

So ubiquitous has television become that many children now
combine it with other activities, including social networking
online, flicking their eyes from laptop to TV screen and back
again. Even if they are focusing on the television, young people
are now reluctant to commit to one programme, with boys in
particular often flipping between channels to keep up with two
simultaneous shows at once.

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