Leveraging TV ratings with video games—and—is your teen texting in her sleep??? Show Notes

Friday, March 01, 2013 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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Here’s the latest from the world of tech and youth culture. 

 

According a story on PluggedIn.com, last year the Cartoon Network released an app that allows kids to watch their favorite shows while simultaneously playing video games based on those shows. 

 

Cartoon Network executive Chris Waldron came up with the idea, and he says the app has now been downloaded “millions and millions of times.”


Waldron believes content efforts in the future will continue to merge these different forms of onscreen interactions into a single experience.  TV manufacturers are introducing apps into their TVs, and Waldron says “ that world where you seamlessly move back and forth between interacting and watching TV will only increase."

 

Is your teen texting in her sleep?  Experts say teenagers are increasingly texting in their sleep—or the dreamy limbo state between sleep and wakefulness.

 

Dr. Elizabeth Dowdell, a nursing professor at Villanova University, says "The phone will beep, and they'll answer the text.  They'll either respond in words or gibberish.

 

Dr. Dowdell points out that when these kids wake up, they have absolutely no memory of sending or receiving a text.  She says this is a symptom of teens not getting enough sleep and using technology far too much.

 

A few weeks ago I talked about a study on the negative consequences of allowing your child to have a TV in their bedroom.  The “texting while sleeping” research is just one more reason why parents should make their kids’ rooms “tech free zones.” 

I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.

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