By Michael Moskowitz | May 19, 2020

Trapped. Lonely. Blanketed in heavy folds of boredom. That’s how many of us feel after weeks of quarantine and mandatory social distancing. What comes next, in terms of getting back to a form of normal, is not yet clear. What is clear is that as we seek to fill our days, screens are now a constant in our lives.

Of course, screen time was anything but in short supply before the outbreak of COVID-19. Researchers estimate that Americans devour 12 hours and seven minutes of digital assets every day. That’s on average. That’s more time than we devote to biological imperatives like eating, drinking, and sleeping—combined. To this point, reports during April indicate that video-game playing is already up 75 percent since the beginning of March, while content streaming has increased by 85 percent.

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