In addition to sleep and screen time
, the ABCD Study also captures data related to physical activity.
The researchers looked at whether the children met Canadian recommendations for sleep, screen time
and physical activity (60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each day).
Correlations were seen for meeting the screen time
and sleep recommendations with less impulsive behavior on all dimensions of impulsivity: negative urgency, Behavioral Inhibition System, Behavioral Activation System (BAS) reward responsiveness, BAS drive, BAS fun seeking, and the delay-discounting task.
The results, published in the Scientific Reports journal, demonstrated that heavy screen time
is associated with both overweight and abdominal obesity.
"Research needs to be done into why myopia is presenting in such higher numbers, especially when it comes to determining if there is a link to screen time
represents a missed opportunity where children could be practicing and mastering a developmental skill, like skipping and jumping, over being sedentary and transfixed to a screen."
Many parents turn to "educational" apps to feel better about screen time
, but a screen is still a screen.
"My recommendation from age eight upwards is a maximum of an hour per day of leisure screen time
. That figure is based on my experience of how the human body and brain react to leisure screen use.
"Health professionals are talking about screen time
because they are starting to see some effects on child health," said Dr.
Summer learning loss is looming for millions of children as school-free days seem to invite endless, often mindless, screen time
. In addition to camps and outdoor activities, parents often craft ingenious solutions for "summer setback".