The Latest Screen Time Stats

Once again, our friends at Common Sense Media have released some helpful data on media use among tweens and teens. It’s not at all surprising that in our screen-saturated world, engagement with screens for the purpose of entertainment is on the rise. As of 2021, our eight to twelve year old Tweens are engaging with screens for an average of five hours and thirty-three minutes a day. Our thirteen to eighteen year old teens have their eyes on their screens for eight hours and thirty nine minutes a day. While these numbers are stunning, let me remind you that they do not include time spent on screens for in school and out of school school work. We are talking about entertainment engagement only! Parents, we should be concerned not only about what they are seeing and learning during screen time, but also about the sheer amount of time. Let’s teach our kids to live into these words of instruction from the apostle Paul: Make the best use of the time, because the days are evil.