Dr. Bill tells us why school dances may go the way of the dinosaur Show Notes

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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Forget school dances—kids are too busy texting!

Caroline Moss, a writer for Business Insider, says her old high school has almost done away with school dances since she graduated. Why? Because the kids can't be bothered to attend: They're too busy texting.

According to Plugged In.com, the school’s assistant principal, Lisa Kor, says "Kids don't need to go to a dance to interact with each other when they can sit in their bed with their laptop and phone and text them"

"It's basically like being with that person. You don't have to show up to a dance hoping to see someone anymore. You can literally Snapchat them and see them on Snapchat."

Lisa’s school now sponsors just one dance: the prom.

And if you think high schoolers spend a lot of time texting or on social media site, listen up.

According to a new study, Millennials spend almost 18 hours per day engaged in with some kind of media.  Obviously some of that time overlaps, but listen to these stats from a new survey conducted by Ipsos Media.

Overall, Web surfing, along with social media activities and smartphone interactions such as texting and chatting take up the biggest chunk of Millennials media time each day, making up about 50% of the total.

Included in that percentage is the fact that 30% of the time is consumed with content created by their peers…such as Facebook posts and Tweets.

Watching television takes up 23% of young adult’s media time, playing computer or video games takes up 10%, watching movies 7%, and listening to the radio 7%.  

What about reading those lowly print magazines and newspapers?  Millennials just spend about 3% of their time doing that. 
 
Newspaper—what’s a newspaper???
 
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.
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