Jeremy Pettitt on Communication and Culture

Screen Time?

Posted on January 17, 2021


Not all screen time is created equal.

Two Types of Screen Time

1. PASSIVE Screen Time:

Any experience with a screen in which the person consumes the media message in a receptive mode.

Examples include online videos (YouTube), TV and Movies (Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, local and cable channels)

2. PARTICIPATORY Screen Time:

Any experience with a screen in which the person engages the media in an interactive mode.

Examples include Video Games (Nintendo, Playstation, XBox, PC), Interactive Apps (Minecraft, Procreate, Night Sky, Space, Chemist, Beaker, Tangrams) and Learning Platforms (Kahoot, Quizlet)

Ideally, I would recommend a 2-to-1 screen time ratio
(2 minutes of Participatory interaction for every 1 minute of Passive consumption).



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