NEW YORK — Researchers say children are increasingly fascinated with mass media, with the majority of them viewing news online.
In a study released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center, more than half of American kids are now subscribing to at least one news outlet, the first time that figure has exceeded half.
“There’s an appetite for content that’s more interactive and interesting and that has more social value,” said David Roberts, the co-author of the study.
The Pew study, which was conducted from May to September, found that the average American teen has watched at least three hours of online media every day.
It also found that nearly four in 10 of those surveyed said they had heard of the popular show “How I Met Your Mother.”
“How I met your mother” is the show where Jimmy Kimmel first got a break from the sitcoms and became an Internet sensation.
It’s a comedy about a boy who becomes a famous comedian and eventually becomes the president of the United States.
Roberts said the popularity of the show is partly because of its ability to entertain.
For example, the show’s popularity has made it a great platform to share videos from celebrities and celebrities-themed memes.
That popularity also gives people the chance to share information, such as jokes, about other popular shows.
But the study also found children’s interest in media was driven more by their own needs than the content.
More than one in four American kids said they would watch more than one episode of a show, but that’s down from the five-year high of nearly one in five last year, the study found.
Overall, only about 30 percent of the adults surveyed said that they were willing to pay for a premium subscription service like Netflix, according to the survey.
As part of the research, Roberts and co-authors surveyed parents of about 700 children aged 4 to 13 from the Pew Center.
Among them were more than 80 children who said they were watching at least four hours of television or more a day.
Nearly one in six said they watched at most three hours a day, and about a quarter said they said they’d watch less than one hour a day or less than that.
A total of 43 percent of those polled said they read the news, and 27 percent watched a news program at least once a week.
At the same time, nearly two-thirds said they have a favorite show, and just over one in 10 said they own a news app.
While the number of hours spent watching media online has fallen in recent years, it has also increased across the board, with about one in seven adults watching more than four hours a week of media, the survey found.
About 40 percent of teens and 25 percent of adults said they use social media to discuss or share news, while another 18 percent said they posted a newsworthy photo.
Despite the surge in interest in entertainment, Roberts said the number and amount of media consumption remains a relatively small portion of all Americans’ daily media use.
According to the Pew study , about 1.6 billion people watched television or video on an average day in the U.S. in 2014.