Are Kids Watching Less TV?

Are American kids watching less TV?  Yes—and—no.

According to a story on, television watching is going down among children ages 11 through 16.

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics has found that tweens and teens now watch about 2.4 hours of TV a day.  That’s down from the 3.1 hours they were watching a decade ago.

But the study doesn’t take into account how television and television-like media is changing.  For instance it doesn’t consider YouTube clips or TV watched on computers, tablets or phones.

Melanie Shreffler, a columnist for, says “Teens are indeed watching less on TV sets, but they’re still actively engaged with shows. They’re just using new ways to ‘watch TV’ that fit their lifestyles.”

In other culture news, are you feeling mad, sad, glad or scared?  Scientists have found that the most prevalent emotion expressed online is ANGER—at least in China.

Researchers at Beihang University studied the Chinese social network Weibo, which is a platform that resembles Twitter and has twice as many users.

They concluded that anger was the most influential emotion in online interactions.

Over a six-month period, the researchers sorted 70 million messages into the emotional categories of anger, joy, sadness and disgust.

Sadness and disgust were relatively non-influential, while happy messages were more likely to cause joy among followers and motivate them to forward them.

Rage was most likely to spread across social media, creating a ripple effect that could spark irate posts with up to three degrees of separation from the original message.

So before you Tweet something today, take a deep breath, count to ten, and remember these words from Proverbs 29:11: “A fool always loses his temper, but a wise man holds it back.”

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