Screen time, phone use linked to less sleep for teens
|Screen time, phone use linked to less sleep for teens||Darrell Miller||10/31/16|
October 31, 2016 12:09 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (email@example.com)
Subject: Screen time, phone use linked to less sleep for teens
As smartphones and computers permeate the world the effect they're having on teenagers grows. Studies found that young adults who spend more than two hours talking on a phone or playing video games will have less sleep than those who do not. They also report that they are sleepier during the day than those who play or talk less than two hours each day. Alternatively, these problems do not affect those who watch TV for the same amount of time. The lack of sleep some are getting can increase the risk of depression, attention problems, and cause weight gain.
- Digital distractions, and a more classical one, talking on the phone, are linked to shorter sleeping time and greater daytime sleepiness for teens, Canadian researchers say.
- Researchers found that kids who used computers and videogames for more than two hours per day slept 17 and 11 minutes less, respectively, than youth who used screens for less time.
- One in three teens used computers for more than two hours per day and they were more than twice as likely as the others to sleep less than eight hours per night.
"Researchers found that kids who used computers and videogames for more than two hours per day slept 17 and 11 minutes less, respectively, than youth who used screens for less time."