The Plugged In Show, Episode 126: Exploring the New Common Sense Media Census…Plus: Elden Ring

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LISTEN TO THE PLUGGED IN SHOW, EPISODE 126

Does it seem like your teen is spending more time on his phone lately? That he can hardly pry his eyes from that pocket-size screen? Well, I’ve got two things to say about that. One, you’re probably not imagining it; and two, you’ve got plenty of worried-parent company.

Every two to four years, Common Sense Media rolls out a study on just how teens are interacting with the world of technology and entertainment. And every year, it seems that screen time just keeps going up. What’s different this year? That screen time went way up—thanks in large part to a little pandemic that shall not be named.

But the study had plenty of other interesting wrinkles to it, as well. And we dive into them all during this episode of the Plugged In Show. And once we’re through telling you just how much time your kids are spending on social media (and how little they’re spending reading), we’ll tackle another bit of entertainment: The very buzzy Elden Ring.

We’ll play another round of Pop Culture Connection, too. And then we invite you to connect with us—on Facebook or Instagram or via email ([email protected]).

And take a look at links to everything we talked about below.

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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  1. -Thank you for this podcast episode. It was relaxed and enjoyable. I appreciated the segment at the end where you discuss not throwing media works out of hand simply because of their ratings. Ratings reflect what a culture considers to be inappropriate for youthful (and sometimes even adult) consumption and vary from one culture to the next, especially for action stories that are not bloody but are still very intense or for stories with, for instance, more of an emphasis on sexual content. Likewise I’ve seen far too many double standards among some parts of Christian culture that will say, “R-ratings are bad, but Braveheart and The Passion of the Christ are okay.” Either the standard is worth being consistent with, or the standard is flawed.

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