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US kids read little on e-readers, tablets: Study

Published on Jan 24, 2014 1:03 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Two-thirds of young children in the United States now have access to an e-reader or tablet, but only half of them actually use the device to read, a research institute said in a study published Friday.

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center surveyed 1,577 parents on how much time their two- to 10-year-old kids spent with educational content on "screen media" such as televisions, computers and video games.

Sixty-two per cent of children had access to either an e-reader, a tablet or both - but only 49 per cent of them used the devices for reading, either alone or with their parents, the study found.

And when they did read, it was typically for about five minutes a day - compared with about half an hour with printed books.

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