Another day, another study profiles the whole African American community. What are they saying this time?
Drop that remote and get yo a$$ off the couch Black America!
“A report released on Wednesday reveals that African Americans have the highest rate of total TV usage among all ethnicities in the United States.
According to the Nielsen State of the Media, which analyzed data compiled from November 2010, the U.S. average for television viewing is 5 hours, 11 minutes, with Asians watching TV an average of 3 hours, 14 minutes daily. On the higher end of that average, is the African-American community, watching television for an astronomical 7 hours, 12 minutes each day.
Reportedly, African Americans also play video games more than white, Hispanic or Asian Americans, which is higher than the national average.
According to a study done by Haejung Paik and George Comstock, there is a “positive and significant correlation between television violence and aggressive behavior.”
Even more discouraging, a study by the Kaiser Foundation presents evidence that extensive media usage leads to poor grades and lower levels of personal contentment. Though the Nielsen study shows that teenagers watch television the least, that statistic is misleading. While it is true that actual television watching has declined, the viewing of television programming has increased through Internet usage and websites like Hulu and YouTube.
There have been many studies that indicate the poor academic performance of African-American children in school and the high achieving Asian children. And in acknowledgment of this data, President Barack Obama told journalists from black media outlets in 2009 that these findings are at the root of our overarching economic disparities:
“If we close the achievement gap, then a big chunk of economic inequality in this society is diminished,” said the President.
Eighty-five percent of our children cannot read or do math at grade level, and an African-American male has a 1 in 3 chance of going to prison in his lifetime, according to a study done by Hart Research Associates for the Children’s Defense Fund. All these things, theoretically, are related to excessive television usage.”
SMH! Can we get it together people?!