According to numbers disclosed by Mashable, nearly one in five children under age 8 uses a mobile device every day. That's one-third the number of children reading books on a daily basis.
The only activity competing for the popularity of books among children under 8 is watching TV, which 58% do on a daily basis.
Plus, CNET reports that Common Sense Media, a nonprofit focused on educating families about technology and media, has found that 38-percent of toddlers and babies under the age of 2 have used a mobile device.
The study also delved into screen-time versus reading-time. "Even among infants and toddlers, screen media use dwarfs time spent reading. In a typical day, children under 2 spend more than twice as much time watching television and DVDs (55 minutes) as they do reading or being read to (19 minutes)," the study finds.
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