1000 MEDIA AND COMPUTING

Category Description

This category captures time the respondent spend in reading, using media, and computers. This includes reading books (1081), reading periodicals (1082), reading newspapers (1083), listening to music, CD etc (1084), listening to the radio (1085), watching TV, video (1086), writing by hand (1087), having a conversation, using a phone, texting (1088), and using a computer (1089).

  • 1081 READ BOOKS

    Category Description

    This comprises of time reading books.

    Activity Coding Rules

    1985: This is time being read to or listening to a story.

    2003+: This period includes time in reading for personal interest with the following category examples:

    Category examples
    Being read to
    Borrowing books from the library
    Browsing at the library
    Checking out library books
    Doing research
    Flipping/leafing through magazine
    Listening to books on tape
    Reading a book on a Kindle or other electronic book reader (personal interest) (2011+)
    Reading a magazine/book
    Reading scripture
    Reading the Bible
    Reading the newspaper
    Reading, unspecified
    Returning library books

    2011+: This includes reading a book on a Kindle or other electronic book reader as a category example as well.

  • 1082 READ PERIODICALS

    Category Description

    This comprises of time reading magazines, pamphlets etc.

    Activity Coding Rules

    1965-66: This is time spent reading reviews, periodicals, pamphlets and reading magazines.

    1975-76, 1985: This is time spent reading pamphlets and magazines as well as reading other types of unspecified media.

    2003+: Not available for this period.

  • 1083 READ NEWSPAPERS

    Category Description

    This is time spent reading newspapers and is not available for the period post 2003.

  • 1084 LISTEN TO MUSIC (CD ETC.)

    Category Description

    This comprises of time listening to music in various medium.

    Activity Coding Rules

    1965-66: This is time spent listening to and playing records.

    1975-76: This is time spent listening to music and records.

    1985: The period comprises of time spent listening to records, tapes, listening to music, listening to others playing a musical instrument, and recording music.

    2003+: This period includes the following category examples:

    Category examples
    Listening to recorded music
    Listening to records/CDs/DVDs/tapes
    Listening to someone play the piano
    Playing musical instrument (leisure)
    Tuning musical instruments

    2004+: This period includes the following category examples:

    Category examples
    Christmas caroling
    Singing
    Singing karaoke

    2005+: This period also includes composing music as a category example.

  • 1085 LISTEN TO RADIO

    Category Description

    This activity includes time spent listening to radio.

    Activity Coding Rules

    1985: This period also includes time radio transmitting (i.e. CB radio, shortwave).

    2003+: This period includes the following category examples:

    Category examples
    Listening to a radio talk show
    Listening to music on the radio
    Listening to public radio
    Listening to the top ten on the radio

  • 1086 WATCH TELEVISION, VIDEO

    Category Description

    This comprises of time watching TV and videos.

    Activity Coding Rules

    1965-66, 1975-76: This is time spent watching television.

    1985: This is time spent watching cable TV, TV, VCR, and home movies.

    2003+: This period includes time spent watching television and movies (non-religious) as well as watching religious TV:

    Category examples
    Borrowing movies from the library
    Returning movies to library
    Rewinding a tape or DVD (2003-2004)
    Setting TiVo/DVR (2011+)
    Setting the VCR or DVD player
    Watching a DVD/video/instructional video
    Watching home movies/home videos
    Watching TV
    Watching TV/DVDs on computer (personal interest) (2011+)
    Watching videos on YouTube (2011+)

    2011+: This period includes the following category examples as well:

    Category examples
    Setting TiVo/DVR
    Watching TV/DVDs on computer
    Watching videos on YouTube

  • 1087 WRITING BY HAND

    Category Description

    This comprises of time writing letters or correspondences.

    Activity Coding Rules

    1965-66, 1975-76: This is time spent writing private correspondence and letters.

    1985: This period comprises of time reading/writing letters, reading mail, as well as typing.

    2003+: The post 2003 period includes time on household and personal mail and messages (except for emails):

    Category examples
    Bringing in newspaper/mail
    Checking phone messages
    Checking to see if mail came
    Collecting mail
    Getting mail in
    Looking at/checking mail
    Mailing letters, payments
    Mailing/picking up letters
    Mailing/picking up packages
    Reading mail
    Sending express mail
    Sending reg./cert. packages/mail
    Signing for certified mail
    Sorting mail
    Throwing away junk mail
    Writing cards
    Writing letters

    2004+: We also have the following category examples for this period:

    Category examples
    Addressing holiday cards
    Writing Christmas cards
    Writing Valentines

  • 1088 CONVERSATION, PHONE, TEXTING

    Category Description

    This captures time in conversations.

    Activity Coding Rules

    1965-66: This is time spent in conversations, including phone conversations.

    1975-76: This is time spent in phone conversations, face-to-face conversations, and conversation with household members.

    1985: The period includes time in activities relating to the following category examples:

    Category examples
    Placing local calls
    Receiving local calls
    Placing long distance calls
    Receiving long distance calls
    Phone conversations
    Visiting by phone
    Other talking/conversations
    Face-to-face conversations
    Conversations with household members only – adults only or children and adults
    Arguing or fighting with people other than household members only, household and non-household members, or unknown
    Arguing or fighting with household members only
    Being disciplined, spanked, bawled out for misbehaving
    Receiving instructions, orders

    2003+: This period includes time on telephone calls to/from family members, telephone calls to/from friends, neighbors, or acquaintances as well as other unidentified phone calls.

    Category examples
    Talking on phone to relatives, boyfriend, girlfriend
    Talking on phone to fiancée
    Talking on phone to friends/neighbors/acquaintances

    2011+: This period also includes time skyping with family members.

  • 1089 USE COMPUTER

    Category Description

    This captures time using a computer for various activities.

    Activity Coding Rules

    1965-66, 1975-76: Not available for this period.

    1985: This includes using a computer, using a computer for education, computer games for children and adults, and other computer use.

    2003+: This period includes time in household and personal email and messages as well as computer use for leisure (excluding games)

    Category examples
    Browsing on the internet
    Computer use, leisure
    Computer use, unspecified
    Designing/updating website
    Downloading files, music, pictures
    Participating in a chat room
    Surfing the internet
    Surfing the web

    2006+: The period also includes the category example: burning CDs.

    2011+: This also includes time checking Facebook, Myspace, or other social networking Web sites, and using Twitter or tweeting.