You’re Staring at a Screen Right Now

Every day, the average American spends 8 hours and 11 minutes consuming radio, television and the internet, according to a survey by two media measurement firms reported in The New York Times.

This represents a 20 percent increase from 2000, when the average American spent 6 hours and 50 minutes with these media.

Yes, more Americans have internet access today than a decade ago. But we’ve also seen the demise of what once were silent spaces.

For instance, Tom Webster of Edison Research told the Times: “This morning, a colleague in the cab with me spent 20 minutes checking e-mail and listening to things online. These are times and places where media were not consumable before.”

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