I find it funny that the study lumps children ages 2 to 14 together. There's certainly a lot of differences between a 2 year old and a 14 year old. I'd prefer to see a breakdown by age, because otherwise the statistical variation is far to great. On Jan 20, 2008, at 11:25 AM, Steve Cavrak wrote: > THE COUNT > > Child’s Play, From Clicks to Downloads > By PHYLLIS KORKKI > Published: January 20, 2008 > http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/20/business/20count.html > > To all those traditional developmental stages in a child’s life, > like learning to walk, talk and read, we can now add technological > milestones like using a mouse, downloading music and surfing the > Internet. > > <20080120_COUNT_GRAPHIC.jpg> > > > > > This becomes clear from a new report by the NPD Group, a market > research firm, that measures the amount of digital content that > children consume for their entertainment each month. The ages > covered are 2 to 14. These days, somewhere between talking and > reading, many tiny toddlers are hoisting themselves up to a screen > and making their first fumbling moves toward technological mastery. > > According to an NPD survey of mothers, the most popular digital > activity for children in this age group is playing games, followed > by listening to music (reading not essential for either). > > We await a more detailed report on how these activities have > affected the popularity of bedtime stories, playing with trucks and > swinging on a swing set.