Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Asians and electronic crack

Reuters is reporting on the annual Synovate Young Asians survey of media consumption, a polling of 13,000 people between ages 8 and 24, that shows Asia's youth spend an average of ten hours a day watching TV, surfing the Internet, reading magazines, or listening to the radio. (Last year's survey famously said that kids in Asia cram 38 hours of activity into a single day.)

And in one of those maybe-it's-not-best-to-be-#1 kinda things, South Korean kids top the list with a whopping thirteen hours a day consuming some kind of media. Hong Kong and Singapore — heavily urban city-states more than "normal" countries, were next.

To those of us who have seen how young people go nuts over wireless Internet access — or how their parents use television on the weekends to both babysit and anesthetize the kids — this is no real surprise. Still, I'd like to see the breakdown, particularly since I don't see that many magazine readers anymore.


  1. How is that even possible? Even the dumb kids are in school/hagwon from 8 am to 8 pm.

  2. And just what are they playing with at the hagwon?

  3. They're not on computers, phones, or TVs all that time.

    Some of my students play Starcraft in between classes. I dunno how much Starcraft you can get in a 10 minute break, but they try their best.

  4. Actually, I think that the computers and phones count as Internet access, while some of the phones with DMB count as watching TV.

    I know a huge chunk of my Internet activity is on my iPhone, particularly reading email but sometimes web surfing and even blogging.


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