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THE ENTERTAINMENT POLL; Underwhelmed by It All; For the 12-to-24 set, boredom is a recreational hazard. Series: THE ENTERTAINMENT POLL / First of five parts
Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Subjects: Series & special reports; Consumer electronics; Computer & video games; Teenagers; Entertainment; Young adults; Public opinion surveys
Author: Robin Abcarian and John Horn
Date: Aug 7, 2006
Start Page: A.1
Section: Main News; Part A; Business Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

The Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll was conducted from June 23 to July 3 using the Knowledge Networks' Web-enabled panel, which provides a representative nationwide sample of U.S. households. Of the 4,466 minors and young adults invited to participate in the survey, 1,904 (43%) responded to the survey, with 1,650 qualifying. The 1,650 qualified respondents included 839 minors (ages 12 to 17) and 811 young adults (ages 18 to 24). The margin of sampling error for both groups is plus or minus 3 percentage points. In order to provide as representative a sample as possible, the survey results were weighted to U.S. census figures for 12- to 24-year-olds in the United States in terms of age, race or ethnicity, gender and region, and for urban or rural residence and Internet access.

LOTS OF INPUT: [Nathaniel Johnson] listens to music on his iPod while playing a video game on his Xbox. Girls tend to be even bigger multi-taskers than boys.; PHOTOGRAPHER: Gina Ferazzi Los Angeles Times; MEDIA ROOM: Nathaniel Johnson, a high school student in Claremont, is an avid multi-tasker and likes to listen to loud music while he studies, but his grades haven't suffered.; PHOTOGRAPHER: Gina Ferazzi Los Angeles Times; DID YOU VOTE? Taylor Hicks on "American Idol."; PHOTOGRAPHER: Vince Bucci Getty Images; BUT SERIOUSLY: Apparently, topical comedian [Jon Stewart] is a less significant source of news than many observers believe.; PHOTOGRAPHER: Paul Hawthorne Getty Images

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