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A new government data on kids’ screen time has made some glaring exposures. According to the study, the American teenagers are still spending plenty of hours in front of the idiot box or computer every day.
The researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discovered that nearly three-quarter kids spent at least two hours a day watching TV and using a computer. The revelations were made following two national surveys of children, who were in the age group 12 to 15 years. The surveys, however, didn’t include the time spent on smartphones by the teens.
The experts have been advising the parents to keep a tab on their children’s “screen time” and also limit them.
While 15 percent of teenagers were found watching four or more hours of television daily, nearly 12 percent were found using their computers for four or more hours a day.
Dr. Marjorie Hogan, a pediatrician, said, “The findings are concerning, but not surprising.”
Hogan had helped in writing the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines on the screen time allowed for children.
According to the AAP recommendation, children and teens should devote no more than two hours to the source of entertainment each day.
According to the researchers, the AAP recommendations are not intended to “bash” TV or the Internet use among the children or teens.
The findings of the study are published in the July issue of the NCHS Data Brief.
Watching too much TV may cause Premature Death
In a previous study, the researchers had found that watching television for three hours or more each day may double the risk of premature deaths than those who watch less
The study was carried by the researchers at the American Heart Association.
Lead author Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez, professor of the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, said in a statement, “Television viewing is a major sedentary behavior and there is an increasing trend toward all types of sedentary behaviors. Our findings are consistent with a range of previous studies where time spent watching television was linked to mortality.”
The research about watching television linked to early death was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.