Oct 29, 2019

The number of kids watching online videos daily doubled in 4 years

The number of American kids watching online videos every day has more than doubled, and they're glued to them for nearly an hour a day — twice as long as they were four years ago, the AP reports.

Why it matters: "It really is the air they breathe," said Michael Robb, senior director of research for the nonprofit Common Sense Media, which issued the report.

  • The group tracks young people's tech habits and offers guidance for parents.

The survey of American youth included the responses of 1,677 young people, ages 8 to 18.

  • It found that 56% of 8- to 12-year-olds and 69% of 13- to 18-year-olds watch online videos every day.
  • In 2015, the last time the survey was conducted, those figures were 24% and 34%, respectively.
  • The margin of error was +/- 3 points.

Overall screen time didn't change much in those four years:

  • The average tween (8 to 12) spent 4 hours, 44 minutes with entertainment media on digital devices each day.
  • For teens, it was 7 hours, 22 minutes.
  • That didn't include time using devices for homework, reading books or listening to music.

What to watch: YouTube said that, in the coming months, it will share details on ways the company is rethinking its approach to kids and families.

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Report finds infants and toddlers using screens in "high amounts"

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Children ages 1–3 years old are increasingly watching TV or using screen time in "high amounts," according to an analysis by the National Institutes of Health released Monday.

Why it matters: The World Health Organization and pediatric societies have recommended that preschool-age children get no more than one hour of screen time a day and should spend time being active. The average daily time spent using screens increased from 53 minutes at age 1 to more than 150 minutes at age 3, per the NIH.

Go deeperArrowNov 25, 2019

Alibaba reports $13 billion in sales in first hour and two minutes of Singles' Day

Taylor Swift performs at the start of Singles Day. Photo: STR/AFP via Getty Images

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group reported on Monday that sales reached 91.2 billion yuan ($13 billion) within the first hour and two minutes of Singles' Day, an annual 24-hour shopping fest akin to Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the United States, according to Reuters.

Why it matters: Singles' Day is the world's largest online sales event. Last year, Alibaba reported $30 billion worth of Singles' Day sales, dwarfing the $7.9 billion of online sales for last year's Cyber Monday in the U.S.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that the $13 billion was reached within the first hour and two minutes.

Keep ReadingArrowUpdated Nov 10, 2019

"Axios on HBO" poll: Politics are driving Democrats mad

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More than 70% of Democrats say politics is making them increasingly angry about America, leaving them feeling like “strangers in their own land,” according to an "Axios on HBO" poll conducted by SurveyMonkey.  

Why it matters: Democrats say nearly everything they watch, read or listen to triggers their anger, even the soothing voices of NPR. 

Go deeperArrowUpdated Nov 11, 2019