Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 42, Issue 8, pp 1757–1767 | Cite as

Prevalence and Correlates of Screen-Based Media Use Among Youths with Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Micah O. MazurekEmail author
  • Paul T. Shattuck
  • Mary Wagner
  • Benjamin P. Cooper
Original Paper


Anecdotal reports indicate that individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are often preoccupied with television, computers, and video games (screen-based media). However, few studies have examined this issue. The current study examined screen-based media use among a large, nationally representative sample of youths participating in the National Longitudinal Transition Study—2 (NLTS2). The majority of youths with ASD (64.2%) spent most of their free time using non-social media (television, video games), while only 13.2% spent time on social media (email, internet chatting). Compared with other disability groups (speech/language impairments, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities), rates of non-social media use were higher among the ASD group, and rates of social media use were lower. Demographic and symptom-specific correlates were also examined.


Autism Autism spectrum disorder Video game Television Internet 



This research was supported with funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (R01 MH086489-01, P.I.: Shattuck) and the Organization for Autism Research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Micah O. Mazurek
    • 1
    Email author
  • Paul T. Shattuck
    • 2
  • Mary Wagner
    • 3
  • Benjamin P. Cooper
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Health Psychology, Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental DisordersUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.George Warren Brown School of Social WorkWashington UniversitySt. LouisUSA
  3. 3.SRI InternationalMenlo ParkUSA

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