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Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-year-olds

Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-year-olds

Apr 1, 2010 12:00 PM, By Erin Shipps, associate editor

Sign Off, April 2010

A national survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that teens and children are spending more time with media, as nearly 24-hour access is available. Further, 20 percent of young people”s media consumption occurs on mobile devices. Take a look at these statistics to see how radio, and similarly connected music and audio, fared against other media devices among 8- to 18-year-olds. To read the full report, download the pdf at

Total media consumed by platform

Music listening by platform

Mobile media ownership over time

Media Budget: Proportion of time spent with media

Changes in media usage 2004-2009 (in minutes/day)


of young people listened to radio on their computers in 2009. 81% watched videos, 62% downloaded music, 48% watched TV shows and 36% created their own character or pet.


Amount of time in hours young people spent listening to music on a typical day in 2009. This number has jumped from 1:48 in 1999 and 1:44 in 2004. Total media exposure in 2009 was 10:45.

Source: Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds, Kaiser Family Foundation.