Outline of the Sixth Longitudinal Survey of Babies in 21st Century

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Japanese

(4) TV

The largest proportion in terms of hours spent watching TV has become “1 to less than 2 hours”.

Comparing hours spent watching TV (including videos and DVDs) on ordinary days with those in the 5th survey, “2 hours or more” decreased and “1 to less than 2 hours” accounted for the highest proportion, 40.0% (Figure 9).

With regard to “1 to less than 2 hours” on ordinary days, the proportion of “1 to less than 2 hours” on Sundays was the highest, accounting for 44.9%, followed by “2 to less than 3 hours”, 40.2%. About 50% of respondents watched TV for 2 hours or more (Table 6).

Concerning commitment to watching TV, 68.9% of respondents answered “prevent” for “prevent children from watching TV depending on the content of a TV program”. 72.2% answered “prevent” for “prevent children from watching TV for many hours continuously”, and 75.6% answered “often talk” for “talk with children about the TV program watching” (Table 7).

With regard to hours spent watching TV on ordinary days according to “prevent or not prevent children from watching TV depending on the content of a TV program”, “2 hours or more” accounted for 40.2% among respondents answered “prevent”, which was lower than 49.5% among those answered “not prevent”.

In addition, with regard to hours spent watching TV on ordinary days depending on “often talk or not talk much with children about the TV program watching”, both of hours spent watching TV for “often talk” and “not talk much” showed a similar tendency (Figure 10).

Figure 9 Changes in hours spent watching TV on ordinary days

Figure 9  Changes in hours spent watching TV on ordinary days
Notes:
1) The figures are based on the total number of responses in the 5th and 6th surveys (total number of replies: 37,294).
2) “Unknown” concerning hours spent watching TV in the 5th survey includes “not sure”.

Table 6 Hours spent watching TV on ordinary days and Sundays

(Unit: %)
  Hours spent watching TV on Sundays
Total Do not
watch
TV
Watch
TV
  Unknown
Less
than 1
hour
1 to less
than 2
hours
2 to less
than 3
hours
3 to less
than 4
hours
4 to less
than 5
hours
5 hours
or more
Hours spent watching
TV on ordinary days
Total

(100.0)

100.0

0.7

98.5

8.6

29.5

31.3

18.1

7.2

3.8

0.9

Do not watch TV

(1.1)

100.0

18.3

81.0

54.5

20.7

4.5

0.9

0.2

0.2

0.7

Watch TV

(98.5)

100.0

0.5

99.0

8.1

29.7

31.7

18.4

7.3

3.8

0.5

Less than 1 hour

(15.9)

100.0

1.9

97.8

35.2

52.7

8.5

1.1

0.2

0.1

0.3

1 to less than 2 hours

(39.9)

100.0

0.3

99.3

4.9

44.9

40.2

8.1

1.0

0.2

0.4

2 to less than 3 hours

(28.0)

100.0

0.1

99.3

1.3

9.1

45.0

34.2

8.2

1.6

0.6

3 to less than 4 hours

(10.5)

100.0

0.0

99.2

0.5

3.4

10.1

44.8

29.8

10.5

0.7

4 to less than 5 hours

(3.2)

100.0

-

99.0

0.2

1.6

5.1

11.1

41.2

39.8

1.0

5 hours or more

(1.0)

100.0

-

100.0

-

0.8

1.8

4.1

0.3

87.1

-

Notes:
1) The figures are based on the total number of responses in the 6th survey (total number of replies: 38,535).
2) The total includes “unknown” concerning hours spent watching TV on ordinary days.

Table 7 Commitment to watching TV

(Unit: %)
  Total Prevent Not prevent Unknown
Prevent children from watching TV
depending on the content of a TV program
100.0 68.9 30.0 1.1
  Total Prevent Not prevent Unknown
Prevent children from watching TV for many
hours continuously
100.0 72.2 27.0 0.8
  Total Often talk Not talk much Unknown
Talk with children about the TV program
watching
100.0 75.6 23.5 0.9
  Total Often watch with
adults (parents,
grandparents, etc.)
Often watch
alone or with
other children
Unknown
Person with whom children watch TV 100.0 60.0 38.0 2.0
  Total Before
around
9:00 pm
Around
10:00 pm
Around
11:00 pm
After 11:00
pm
Unknown
The latest time for watching TV 100.0 52.4 28.5 8.9 1.4 8.8
Note: The figures are based on the total number of responses with children who watch TV both or either on
“ordinary days” and/or “Sundays” in the 6th survey (total number of replies: 38,309).
Figure 10Hours spent watching TV on ordinary days according to commitment to
watching TV
Figure 10  Hours spent watching TV on ordinary days according to commitment to watching TV
Notes:
1) The figures are based on the total number of responses with children who watch TV both or either on “ordinary days” and/or
“Sundays” in the 6th survey (total number of replies: 38,309).
2) “Less than 1 hour” includes the number of responses with “do not watch TV” on “ordinary days”.

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