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No matter how physically active a child is, time spent in front of the computer or television screen is associated with psychological problems.
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In other words, children can’t make up for TV time by spending extra hours exercising.
The findings also suggest that the way children spend their sedentary time, in addition to how much time they spend being sedentary in the first place, matters for their mental health.
According to Live Science:
“… [R]esearchers asked 1,013 British 10- and 11-year-olds how much time each day they spent in front of a computer or TV. The children also wore accelerometers around their waists for a week to track their physical activity and sedentary time …
The study found that … more than two hours a day in front of a TV or computer was associated with more emotional and behavioral difficulties.”
Live Science October 11, 2010
Pediatrics October 11, 2010 [Epub ahead of print]
- Kids’ Screen Time Linked to Psychological Problems (children.webmd.com)
- Exercise Doesn’t Make Up For Kids’ Screen Time (livescience.com)
- Kids who stare at screens have psych problems (arstechnica.com)
- Too much TV, computers bad even for active children: study (reuters.com)
- Too much TV, computers bad even for active children:study (reuters.com)
- Too much screen time can psychologically harm kids (msnbc.msn.com)
- Too much TV psychologically harms kids: study (alternet.org)
- Could Excess Computer, TV Time Harm Kids Psychologically? (nlm.nih.gov)
- Call for child screen-time limit (bbc.co.uk)
- “‘Screen time’ and children’s mental health” and related posts (mentalhealthupdate.blogspot.com)