Examining the full array of media available to children and adolescents, this book describes not only the amount of time they spend with each medium, but the kinds of content they choose, and the physical, social, and psychological context of much of their exposure. This national sample study provides a comprehensive picture of young people's media behavior.
1. The changing media landscape; 2. The measurement of media behavior: measuring young people's media behavior; The samples; Questionnaires; 3. The media environment; Media in the home; Multiple media homes; Media in young people's bedrooms; Household television orientation; Summing up the media environment; 4. Screen media: television, videos, and movies: Amount of screen exposure; Content preferences; The context of exposure; Attitudes toward television; Summing up screen media exposure; 5. Audio media: radio, tapes and CDs: attitudes toward television; Music content preferences; Audio media: a coda; 6. Print media: books, magazines, and newspapers: amount of print exposure; Content preferences: what young people read; Summing up print behavior; 7. Interactive media: who uses computers?; Amount of computer use; Videogames; Content preferences; Summing up interactive media use; 8. Patterns of overall media consumption: exposure versus use; Overall media exposure; 9. Media behavior: a youth perspective: personal contentedness and media use; Academic performance and media use; Heavy versus light media users; A typology of young people's media behavior; 10. Summary and conclusions.