Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Computer and TV Time Equals Psychological Problems

How about some New Year Resolutions? Don't forget to have more outdoor time scheduled for yourself and your kids. There is a lot of beauty to be found in nature, even in the winter. But exercise isn't enough for children if they're watching TV or using computers for too many hours. Consider this ...

Time spent in front of the computer or television screen is associated with psychological problems in children, no matter how physically active the child is, according to a new study.

Previous studies have shown that physical activity is good for kids' psychological functioning, and that time spent in front of screens is bad for mental health. What researchers didn't know was whether one could cancel out the other.

"It wasn't clear whether having high physical activity levels would 'compensate' for high levels of screen viewing in children," study co-author Angie Page, a professor of exercise, nutrition and health sciences at the University of Bristol in England, wrote in an e-mail to LiveScience.

The researchers 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. Read the entire article.

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