screen time


: 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
: 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 timeDebra Kent

Examples of screen time in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the Temple storyline, which runs for the most part on a separate track from Franklin’s and occupies a good deal of screen time, seems designed primarily to get some roistering young people into a series dominated by sedentary middle-age and elderly folk. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2024 Apple recently allowed third-party developers to write software that accesses the iPhone’s Screen Time function, meaning that some new programs can now help users limit their screen time by blocking apps. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 10 Apr. 2024 There are many tools that allow parents to monitor and set limits on their children’s screen time. Vjosa Isai, New York Times, 9 Apr. 2024 Last year, Chinese regulators introduced a rule that would limit children under age 18 to two hours of smartphone screen time each day. Max Zahn, ABC News, 19 Mar. 2024 Nothing is building a smartphone line that encourages users be more mindful of their screen time. Byryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 5 Mar. 2024 Getting more screen time and probably coming as close to a sympathetic figure as the series offers, Riseborough has a somber, occasionally hilarious, wraith-like quality as a woman who recognizes how dysfunctional the palace is, but can do nothing to stop it. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Feb. 2024 Decreasing their exposure to the images and videos by limiting screen time, and talking openly with kids about the facts of the disaster, are important first steps. Dr. Julie Kollar, ABC News, 27 Mar. 2024 Despite only having around 10 minutes of screen time, the role nabbed him a Golden Globe nomination. Andrew Walsh,, 23 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of screen time was in 1921

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“Screen time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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