Jonah is my son (age 11) and we live about 2500 miles apart. He lives with his mom and she is great. She supports him and I spending time together as best we can. I recently started tracking how much time I spend with Jonah on our gaming system, iPad Facetime, voicecalls and texting. Check out my blog, facebook or twitter if you want.
Here are the January Results
|Gaming and Video Chat (hours)||20.6|
|Gaming and Video Chat (count)||13|
|Est free time per mo (hours)||80|
|Percentage of free time||25.8%|
|Total contacts (count)||37|
|Days per month||31|
|Avg contacts per day||1.2|
- Even though we live far apart I am getting a lot of his free time (play time). I’m getting more than 25% and that may be as much as his working mother gets with him.
- The 1.2 contacts per day is a nice stat but not completely accurate. We often go days without contacting each other (see Methodology).
- I’m a little worried the February Report won’t look as good. There was a holiday break during January and we were both excited about our new games.
- I estimated his free time at 80 hours for the month based on some light research about how much free time an average American kid gets each month. During my research I found a great Media Time Calculator for children that was produced by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- The Contacts per Day stat is based on the number of unique contacts per day per medium (phone, XBOX ONE, etc.). For example, if we talk on the phone in the morning and then play on the XBOX later that day then I count (track) one phone call and one gaming for that day. Also, I do not count each text as a contact. For example, if we texted each other four times on the 12th then I just track that as one count for the day.
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