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Volume 06  Issue 11 15 March 2005
Topic: Multi-Media Multi-Tasking

Family Fact: Media Multi-Tasking

Family Quote: Techno-Tasking

Family Research Abstract: Family Ties vs. Internet Porn

Family Fact of the Week: Media Multi-Tasking TOP of PAGE

"The study - which measured recreational (non-school) use of TV and videos, music, video games, computers, movies, and print - found that the total amount of media content young people are exposed to each day has increased by more than an hour over the past five years (from 7:29 to 8:33), with most of the increase coming from video games (up from 0:26 to 0:49) and computers (up from 0:27 to 1:02, excluding school-work). However, because the media use diaries indicate that the amount of time young people spend "media multi-tasking" has increased from 16% to 26% of media time, the actual number of hours devoted to media use has remained steady, at just under 6 1/2 hours a day (going from 6:19 to 6:21), or 44 1/2 hours a week. ...Anywhere from a quarter to a third of kids say they are using another media "most of the time" while watching TV (24%), reading (28%), listening to music (33%) or using a computer (33%)."

(Source:  "'Media Multi-tasking' Changing the Amount and Nature of Young People's Media Use," a news release for: Donald F. Roberts, Ulla G. Foehr, and Victoria Rideout, Generation M: Media in the Lives of 8-18 Year-olds, Kaiser Family Foundation, March 9, 2005; http://www.kff.org/entmedia/entmedia030905pkg.cfm .)

Family Quote of the Week: Techno-Tasking TOP of PAGE

"Technology, while adding daily to our physical ease, throws daily another loop of fine wire around our souls. It contributes hugely to our mobility, which we must not confuse with freedom. The extensions of our senses, which we find so fascinating, are not adding to the discrimination of our minds, since we need increasingly to take the reading of a needle on a dial to discover whether we think something is good or bad, or right or wrong."  

(Source:  Adlai E. Stevenson, "My Faith in Democratic Capitalism," Fortune magazine, October, 1955 in Barbara K. Rodes and Rice Odell, eds., A Dictionary of Environmental Quotations, Johns Hopkins University Press; Reprint edition, 1997; accessed at: http://www.physics.udel.edu/wwwusers/watson/scen103/quotes.html .)

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Family Research Abstract of the Week: Family Ties vs. Internet Porn TOP of PAGE

Helping men keep their distance from the estimated 30,000 pornographic sites on the Internet is a major challenge, but three Michigan sociologists have discovered that men with strong ties to family, church, and conventional society are far less likely to be tempted by the sexual allures provided by the click of the computer mouse.

Using the General Social Survey for 2000, the researchers polled 531 respondents who reported having used the Internet, asking if they had looked at a sexually explicit website during the last 30 days. The strongest predictors of cyberporn use were gender (males being 6.43 times more likely to access pornographic websites than females), those who have engaged in sexual relations for pay (OR 3.7), and those ever having an extramarital affair (OR 3.18). In addition, persons living in the Pacific region, relative to other parts of the United States, were 2.44 times more likely to access Internet porn.

Other significant correlations (p<.05) were having a happy marriage, political conservatism, and church attendance, all of which were inversely related to use of Internet porn. In a multivariate analysis, the researchers found that significant predictors of that happy marriage included political liberalism (inverse association), having teenaged children, being white, and age.

Although drug use was not correlated with cyberporn use, the researchers believe that the robust findings of the study nevertheless suggest that social control theory-which stipulates that bonds or stakes in a community through marriage and work lower the incidences of deviance and crime-apply to "this new form of deviant behavior."

(Source: Steven Stack, Ira Wasserman, and Roger Kern, "Adult Social Bonds and Use of Internet Pornography," Social Science Quarterly 85 [2004]: 73-88.)


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