The media research group Nielsen has found that Americans between the ages of 12-34 are actually spending less time in front of the television than in years past, as opposed to those older than 35 who are spending more time in front of the screen.
Young teens, specifically those 12-17, on average are watching about 9 fewer minutes of television per day. As a recent New York Times article suggests, these results are revealing the effects of alternatives to TV, such as internet videos, social networks, and mobile phones. This allows them to still watch the same shows but in a wider variety of settings.
The spread of content over these various mediums presents certain challenges for parents who wish to supervise what their children watch, but the tools to monitor what children watch on TV remain popular.
For helpful tips about how you can more effectively monitor your family’s television, visit our “Help for Parents” section.