Media Addiction Quiz for Teens: Do TV, Video Games and Computers Run Your Life?

Welcome to “The Media Generation”

Teens are spending so much time watching TV and playing with their computer and video games that the Kaiser Family Foundation has dubbed this generation “The Media Generation.”

The recent study found that children aged 8-18 were watching TV, playing video games, on their computers, and listening to music for a total of 6 hours and 23 minutes EVERY DAY! Many kids were doing two or more activities at once. Most of this time is still spent watching TV. Kids spent almost four hours every day watching TV. With so much time in front of TV and other media, perhaps Kaiser should have labeled it “The Media-Addicted Generation.”

What excess TV, video game, and computer use may be doing to you

How much time you spend in front of a TV, video, and computer screen is important, because these activities have been linked to obesity, attention problems (like ADHD), and poor grades. Violent content may condition you to accept violence in your life. The sexual content of many popular shows and games may encourage you to experiment before you are ready. The TV can act as a depressant, stifle your creativity, encourage conformity, and simply waste your valuable time.

Find out if you are part of “The Media-Addicted Generation”:

1. Does your family have more than one TV set? Yes [] No []

2. Are you in front of a screen for more than 2 hours per day?Yes [] No []

3. Do you sometimes have trouble getting TV or video game

jingles “out of your head”? Yes [] No []

4. Is there a TV/video game/computer playing in your

home much or all of the time? Yes [] No []

5. Do you have a TV, video game, and/or computer in your

bedroom? Yes [] No []

6. Is it easy for you to turn off the TV/video game in the

middle of a favorite show/game? Yes [] No []

7. Do you ever rush home, ditching friends and family, to

catch a favorite TV show, play video games, or go on the

computer? Yes [] No []

8. Do you frequently eat meals while in front of the TV,

video games, or computer? Yes [] No []

9. Have you ever caught yourself unintentionally mimicking

a TV or video game character? Yes [] No []

10. Do you talk to and play with your friends more than you

watch TV, play games, and play with computers? Yes [] No []

11. Can you turn off the TV, computer, and video games OFF

right now and leave them off for three days? Yes [] No []

12. Do you ever mindlessly surf through TV channels or

the internet? Yes [] No []

13. Do you need TV, video game, or a computer to relax after

a rough day? Yes [] No []

14. Do you feel edgy, anxious, or “not right” if there is no TV,

video game, or a computer playing? Yes [] No []

15. Do you watch TV, play video games, and/or play on the

computer more than spend time with your family? Yes [] No []

16. Do you ever watch the TV, play video games, or surf

the internet longer than you intend to? Yes [] No []

17. Do you feel spend too much time with TV, video games,

or computer? Yes [] No []

18. Have you missed a special event with friends or family

because you were watching a TV program? Yes [] No []

19. Have you ever tried to quit watching TV, playing video

games, or going on computer, but were unsuccessful? Yes [] No []

20. Do you have difficulty limiting the time you watch TV,

play video games, or go on the computer? Yes [] No []

*Note: Time spent on the computer for homework purposes does not count:

To calculate your score:

For all questions, except for #6, #10, and #11, give yourself 1 point for every “Yes” answer and 0 points for every “No”. For questions #6, #10, and #11 give yourself 0 points for every “Yes”, answer and 1 point for every “No”. Add your total.

Your total: ____________

Scoring:

0-6: Great! Your TV, computer, and video games are not in control of your life. You are. But keep an eye on how much time you spend with these activities to make sure an addiction does not sneak up on you.

7-14: You are moderately addicted to your TV, video games, or computer. Maybe all of them. The good news is that with a little effort, a list of fun non-screen activities, and a reasonable schedule you should be able to keep your addiction under control. “The TV-FREE System” also helps you create a schedule that keeps you busy with fun, goal-centered activities. Follow your dreams instead of staring at a screen..

15-20: Oh dear. You probably have a serious addiction problem. You may need to take extreme steps, including getting rid of your TV or video games, to get in control of your time. Start with the device which squanders the most of your time. The good news is “The TV-FREE System” was designed to help even the most serious addict, and can be used for video game, or computer addiction as well.

Life is too short to “watch” it go by.

This Book, Learning Your Computer Through Pictures Is a Wonderful and Fun Way to Learn Computers!

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to tell you a story about my journey learning how to use my computer. Have you ever felt that you just don’t have the skills to learn your computer and its applications? Have you ever been so frustrated with your computer that you just want to throw it out the window?

That was me too. As I began to play around with the internet at first it was just surfing around and looking at sites. Whenever I came upon a beautiful web page; and saw all of the unique applications the web designer put onto his page I would feel really bad because I didn’t feel I had the skills to do those things even though I really had great ideas.

Then I decided to really go through an in-depth study of my computer based on what I wanted to do online. I really wanted to post blogs about important information. I really wanted to be able to share links to other sites, and I really wanted to use video format to express myself online.

I didn’t have time to go back to school so I decided to write a book using pictorial examples that explained each instruction. Subject: Introduction to Using Your Computer, the Basics

Textbook: Learning Your Computer Through Pictures.

Course Description:

This study course is designed to give you the basics in understanding and using your computer. The format is simple and all of the instructions are coupled with pictorial examples which will take away any apprehension you may have as each instruction is supported with its correlating picture every step of the way.

We will cover things like the creation of documents, how to share those documents online, the operational features of the Microsoft Works word processing program including font size, editing documents, creation of video formats, navigating on the web, and added insightful little tips to make things easier as you explore your computer applications.

The Course Outline, Provided in Three Sections as Follows:

Introduction to Section One: Beginning Using Your Computer to Create Microsoft Word Documents. This will start you out learning the basics of word processing, incorporation of graphics, modifying graphics, and understanding toolbar functions.

Study Topics, Section One:

How to Create and Save a Microsoft Word Document.

How to Format your Document Page.

How to Select a Font for Your Document.

Adding Pictures: Opening Your Pictures Storage File on Your Computer

Opening Your Pictures Storage File on Your Computer (Adding Pictures Continued).

Finding Pictures inside Your Computer’s Picture Folder.

Finding Pictures Stored in Your Computer’s Pictures File inside a Named Folder.

How to Re-Size a Picture.

Using the Toolbar to Edit a Picture.

Formatting a Picture Using the Picture Toolbar.

Creating an Additional Picture File Folder within Your Stored Pictures.

Creating Hyper-Links into Words Within Your Document.

Inserting Hyper-Links into Pictures Within Your Document.

How to Save Your Document.

Where to Save Your Document.

Introduction to Section Two:

In this section we will study copying text, modifying text, use of the notepad application, use of Microsoft Word text enhancement features, navigating the internet, accessing the control panel, accessing your internet connections and options settings, understanding your internet provider’s tool bar functions – (Mozilla Firefox and Explorer), and using the bookmark application.

Study Topics, Section Two:

How to Copy and Paste the Entire Page of a Document.

How to Copy Partial Texts Within a Document.

Understanding Your Note Pad Application.

Using the Note Pad Program Application. (Introduction to Understanding Your Note Pad)

How to Find the Note Pad Application and Use It.

How to Use MS Words Text Enhancement Features, (Part 1- Font Size & Bolded Text).

How to Use MS Word’s Text Enhancement Features, (Part 2- Font Color & Italics).

How to use MS Word’s Text Enhancement Features, (Part 3 – Adding Characters &

Symbols – Accessing Your Symbols Files, About the Special Characters Tab).

Note on Tool Bars.

Accessing the Internet and Creating Shortcuts.

Navigating the Internet, Setting Your Default Internet Provider & Home Page

Navigating the Internet, (Accessing the Control Panel),

(Accessing Your Internet Connections & Internet Options Settings), (Making Changes to Internet Connections, & Options.

Understanding Your Internet Tool Bar Functions, (Mozilla Firefox).

Understanding Your Internet Tool Bar Functions, (Internet Explorer).

Using the Book Mark Application (Internet Explorer).

Introduction to Section Three:

In this section we will study how to create a slideshow video using Microsoft Movie Maker. This will include adding and editing graphics, working with transitions and durations, adding text and voice audio, adding music, cutting and trimming the slideshow and its audio, converting the slideshow into a video file, uploading to YouTube, understanding keywords and meta tags, connecting various network accounts, and the basics of recording from your computer’s web camera.

Study Topics, Section Three:

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part One – Getting Started).

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Two – Importing Picture Files).

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Three – Dragging Pictures into Your Story Board).

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Four – Playing Your Story Board as a Film Strip & Adding Video Effects).

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Five – End Note of Video Effects & Let’s Talk About Adding Transitions).

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Six – Adding Transitions Continued & Let’s Talk About Durations).

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Seven – Let’s Talk About Durations Continued & Maneuvering Through Your Story Board & Quick Reminder – Saving Your Project).

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Eight – How to Save Your Un-Finished Story Board).

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Nine – Re-Opening Your Un-Finished Story Board & Adding Text to Your Video’s Story Board).

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Ten – Adding Your Title Page).

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Eleven – Adding Text to Individual Slides & Text Animations).

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Twelve – Adding Audio to Your Movie & Let’s Start With Adding Narration).

(Assigning your Line in/Mic – Microphone System)

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Thirteen – Adding Music Content & Designating When a Music File Will Play & End)

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Fourteen – Designating When a Music File Will Pay and End).

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Fifteen, Dragging-In & Editing an Uploaded Audio File).

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Sixteen – Saving Your Finished Movie – Getting Started).

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Seventeen – Converting Your Slide Show into a Movie File).

Accessing the Internet and Creating Shortcuts.

Navigating the Internet, Setting Your Default Internet Provider & Home Page

Navigating the Internet, (Accessing the Control Panel),

(Accessing Your Internet Connections & Internet Options Settings), (Making Changes to Internet Connections, & Options.

Understanding Your Internet Tool Bar Functions, (Mozilla Firefox).

Understanding Your Internet Tool Bar Functions, (Internet Explorer).

Using the Book Mark Application (Internet Explorer).

How to Upload a Video to YouTube

(Creating a User’s Account).

How to Upload a Video to YouTube

(Step 1, Start Your Video Upload & Selecting Which Video to Upload Within Your

Computer’s Video Storage File).

How to Upload a Video to YouTube

(Step 2, Designating Titles, Descriptions, Categories, URL & Embedding Codes, Sharing With Online Networks).

How to Upload a Video to YouTube

(About Upload Details, Finding Your YouTube Videos within Your YouTube Account).

Using Your Web Camera to Upload a Video on YouTube (Part One & Two)

Note, these instructions vary according to the web camera being used – they are designed to give you an over view of the web camera upload process.

How Computers Benefit the Workplace

Today, computers are having a great impact on many areas in the workplace. When it comes to technology and its impact on business operations, job tasks have become much faster and more automated allowing businesses to streamline operations and boost profits. Because of technological advancements in computer technology, the workplace has greatly benefited.

The following lists the benefits of using computers in the workplace:

Create New Jobs: With computer technology now becoming an essential part of business operations, new jobs have now been created to manage these systems. Many large businesses have IT professionals on staff. Smaller businesses can use remote computer technicians to maintain their computer systems.

Improved Communications: Now, businesses are able to communicate much faster. For instance, email is now the preferred way to communicate within a company and communicating with others such as clients, suppliers, customers…etc. Emails are not only quick but also immediate. There are no disruptions such as when the phone rings. Computers can also be used for scheduling business events and meetings.

Improved Customer Relations: Today, more businesses are realizing the need to maintain good customer relations. Businesses now have access to computerized call centers that allow customers to reach the appropriate business department when they have a question or concern. There is also voice mailbox technology that eliminates the need for message taking. Computers help customers quickly and efficiently get their concerns heard which reduces instances of frustrated and dissatisfied customers.

Improved Business Operations: Computers now allow businesses to store and manage such data as customer information, inventory, sales records, and other information essential to the business. The business can access information anytime of the day or night for quick retrieval and the data is secure. It allows businesses to keep up-to-date in real time about the business activities. As well, businesses are now able to use the internet to sell their products and services which generated more revenue and expand their customer base. The order process is entirely automated and allows the buyer to order online without involving a salesperson.

Automated Production: Today, computer technology has allowed products to be built faster. Computers allows for repetitive processing in large scale production such as using robotic devices to build products.

Improved File Management: In the old days, businesses use to have stacks of files and other documents. Now papers can be scanned and stored on the computer allowing for easier storage and access.

Improved Accounting: Today, businesses are able to keep better records for financial accounting which eliminates hours of repetitive calculations. Spreadsheet and other financial software programs have become essential to running a business. Data entry is much easier and more accurate.

More Productive and Satisfied Employees: Because of the development and expansion of the internet, employees have access to a wealth of information. As well, the internet allows employees to stay connected to the business wherever they are in the world. Employees can also make scheduling changes in an instant allowing for improved work flexibility.

The impact of computers in the workplace has greatly benefited businesses. Now, businesses can reach global customers, improve business efficiency, and generate more profits. When setting up a computer network and workstation, businesses have to take great care in the systems they use and the computer parts they acquire such as: computer software, computer hardware, sound cards, computer memory, computer accessories, video cards, power supply, and motherboards. Today, computers have changed how companies do business for the better.