Academic Studies of Note

e-Media Statistics:

Media Use by Children Younger Than 2 Years - a 2011 policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, summarizing current evidence and issues, and reaffirming the importance of strongly discouraging screen media for this age group.  

Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds - A 2009 national survey (conducted every 5 years) by the Kaiser Family Foundation regarding electronic media use among kids 8-18 years old.  

Zero to Eight: Children's Media Use in America - 2011 national survey of media use by young children and families from Common Sense Media.

Television Viewing in Infancy and Child Cognition at 3 Years of Age in a US Cohort (Schmidt, et al, 2009) Television viewing in infancy does not seem to be associated with (i.e. does not help) language or visual motor skills at 3 years of age. 

Background Television in the Homes of US Children (LaPierre, et al, 2012, Pediatrics).  The first survey focused on determining the amount of indirect TV exposure among US children 8 months-8 years, also discussing known health effects. The results are as amazing as they are alarming.  

Social Media and Young Adults: 2010 Pew Research Center study of Internet and other social media trends among US teens and young adults. 

Surveying the Digital Future:  A Longitudinal International Study of the Individual and Social Effects of  PC/Internet Technology: from the USC Annenberg School of Business, an overview of Internet and social media trends and their impact on families and society, consisting of an ongoing series of polls and studies. 

e-Media Health Effects:

Baby Unplugged: A Novel, Market-Based Approach to Reducing Screen Time and Promoting Healthy Alternatives (Hutton, 2013) - An overview of the increasing issue of screen time as a risk factor for chronic pediatric health issues, the impiortance of promoting healthy alternatives, challenges to implementing changes, and the development of the Baby Unplugged book series as an advocacy tool.  

Associations between Media Viewing and Language Development in Children Under Age 2 Years (Zimmerman and Christakis, 2007) - The "Baby Einstein Study," which found a strong negative influence on language development for babies 8-18 months exposed to "educational" videos.

Children, Adolescents, Obesity, and the Media - 2011 policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics affirming the strong connection between screen time, including "new media" and child obesity.  

Associations Between Content Types of Early Media Exposure and Subsequent Attentional Problems (Zimmerman et al, 2007) - Noneducational viewing and viewing before age 3 are associated with subsequent attention problems. 

Violent Television Viewing During Preschool Is Associated With Antisocial Behavior During School Age (Christakis, 2007).

Sexting, Cyberbullying, and other Digital Dangers: 2009 Pew Internet Project compilation of studies documenting dangers and potentially devastating uses of social media.

Fast-paced fantasy shows may impair executive function in young kids (the "Sponge Bob Study"): a 2011 study in the journal Pediatrics showing negative effects on memory and concentration on 4 year-olds after watching Sponge Bob Square Pants, versus drawing or other slow-paced shows.  

Infants, Toddlers, and TV.  A compilation of existing evidence from The Urban Child Institute.  

The Effects of Background Television on the Toy Play Behavior of Very Young Children (Schmidt, 2008, Child Development)


Academic Statistics and Trends:

2010 College Board Survey Shows Decreasing American College Degree Attainment.

National Endowment for the Arts research brochures, including 2004 Reading at Risk, and its 2009 follow-up Reading on the Rise.  These reports summarize recent U.S. reading trends and demographics.

Multitasking Adversely Affects Learning:2006 UCLA/National Academy of Science study documenting the different pathways used by human brains while focused and distracted (i.e. multitasking), and implications for learning.  Distracted learning results in shallow recall and lower ability to apply new information.