By Christian Hamaker
WIRE News and Moves in the Rural Broadband Industry
We’re Getting More sleep.
But Are We Getting enough?
For years we’ve heard the advice: Get more sleep. Studies have
shown the health benefits of a good night’s sleep and the con-
sequences—including weight gain, lack of focus and increased
diabetes risk—of a bad night’s sleep. But how
much more sleep do we need?
Americans average more than
eight hours of sleep on weeknights,
and that duration is growing. Over
13 years, beginning in 2013,
researchers at the University of
Pennsylvania said federal survey
data show that people gained
1.4 minutes of sleep per week-
night—a total of 18 more min-
utes of sleep on weeknights
during the study. On weekend
nights, Americans gained an addi-
tional 50 seconds each year, for a total
gain of approximately 11 minutes.
The extra sleep came from slightly earlier bedtimes and
shifts in TV watching. While people watched 30 more seconds
of TV during weekdays each year throughout the survey, people
watching TV or movies before bed dipped 0.22%.
l Source: nytimes.com
ART TO BE
Customers Are Online.
Is That a Good Thing?
Kids are your future customers, and they’re engaging
your content digitally. That may be good for business,
but is it good for the kids?
Kids’ internet access has skyrocketed since 2010,
when Apple launched the iPad. Forty percent of children age 0–8 have a tablet today, up from 1% in 2011,
and 10% of the same age group owns a “smart” toy
that connects to the internet.
But critics worry that young minds are not mature
enough to use technology well. And those critics are
raising their profile, hosting conferences on tech
addiction among kids and stepping up their lobbying
efforts with policymakers. l Source: axios.com
KIds 0–8 WHO HAvE A TABLET
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Manufacturing jobs are coming back—for now.
After losing jobs in 2016, the sector has rebounded, boosting red-state economies where many manufacturing industries
are clustered, said Jed Kolko, chief economist at Indeed. That’s good news, for now, for rural America. But the Bureau of
Labor Statistics sees manufacturing losing jobs over the next decade.
l Source: axios.com; graph data: data.bls.gov
a rural-state rebound
Manufacturing sector Employees (in thousands)