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Students and Media (1 of 2)

brian-head-on-multitask-image-copy.jpgI read a great definition of media this week:

“Media is the means or instrumentality for storing, communicating, and widely disseminating information to the public.”

Every parent knows that if you really want a fight on your hands then take away your students media. I have been reading up on this a lot lately because this generation is saturated with media. Media can be one our best tools in ministry, but media can also be one of the most harmful things we can let in personally. Working in student ministry, I know that if I want to understand students and who they are, then I need to comprehend media and the role it plays in their lives. Make sense?

Students are still using the traditional “old” media forms of television, radio, movies, and magazines, but they’re using them in new ways. Radio can still be heard on the AM and FM dials, but more and more people are accessing the medium through satellite and Internet hookups. Movies can be viewed anywhere and anytime through computers, iPods, and even cell phones. What used to be an entire record or cd collection (which I still have, by the way) can be digitally downloaded into a “portable listening device” the size of a credit card, lipstick, or pen. And although magazines are still printed on paper and show up in the mailbox, most can also be accessed on the Internet, where visitors are able to interact with even more content that can be read, heard, and watched.

The bottom line is that media has literally changed the face of the world and how today’s students live in it. Media is not only at their fingertips; it’s woven in and through the fabric of who they are. Many are trying to label this generation – Generation “M”. (M for Media)

I AM NOT FOR A SECOND AGAINST MEDIA! I use media every day! I’m just trying to grasp the affect it has on students both positively and negatively.

Here are some of the latest statistics:

- Students ages 8 – 18 are spending an average of nearly six and one-half hours a day (6:21) with media.

- During that period of 44 1?2 hours each week, students are spending 26 percent of the time using more than one medium. In other words, they might be listening to music, instant-messaging friends, and reading a book for school all at the same time.

- One-third of students (30 percent) say they either talk on the phone, instant message, watch TV, listen to music, or surf the Web “most of the time” while they’re doing homework.

- Another third (31 percent) say they do so “some” of the time.

- Students between the ages of 12 and 17 multi task more than any other age group, with girls multitasking more often than guys.

These numbers are staggering when you consider the same study found they only spend two hours and 17 minutes “hanging out with parents,” one hour and 25 minutes in physical activity, and one hour pursuing hobbies or other activities. What about their time spent with God?

I will wrap this up tomorrow!

(Yes, that is Brian in that picture. No, I did not ask him for permission or have him sign a waiver first. No, of course he won’t be upset!) :)