screen time

noun

Definition of screen time

1 : the amount of time someone or something appears on screen in a movie or television show … the widespread practice of product placement (in which companies buy screen time for their brands) …— Celia Wren Peck's role is only a cameo—23 minutes of screen time scattered through six and a half hours of edited film …— John Skow
2 : time spent watching television, playing a video game, or using an electronic device with a screen (such as a smartphone or tablet) Concerns about children spending too much time on digital devices—'screen time'—and becoming overdependent on these devices are very real for many teachers and parents.— Nicky Hockly If yours is like most American families with kids under age 5, your child probably watches between three and four hours of television a day. That's a lot of screen time— Debra Kent

First Known Use of screen time

1921, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Screen time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/screen%20time. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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