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Health Indicator Report of Screen Time among Adolescents in Grades 9 to 12

Research has shown that engaging in physical activity is important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The epidemic of childhood overweight and obesity can be partly attributed to the over-consumption of media by children.[1]

Notes

Internet and video game usage was not tracked prior to the 2007 survey. ** The 2003, 2007, and 2015 surveys did not achieve a sufficient response rate to weight data.

Data Sources

  • New Jersey Student Health Survey, Office of Student Support Services, Division of Student Services and Career Readiness, New Jersey Department of Education
  • High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline/

Data Interpretation Issues

This survey is only conducted in odd numbered years.

Definition

The percentage of students who did not watch television, play video or computer games, or use a computer (except for school work) for 3 or more hours per day on an average school day

Numerator

The number of students who did not watch television, play video or computer games, or use a computer (except for school work) for 3 or more hours per day on an average school day

Denominator

The total number of survey respondents

Healthy People Objective: Increase the proportion of children and adolescents who view television, videos, or play video games for no more than 2 hours a day: Adolescents in grades 9 through 12

U.S. Target: 73.9 percent
State Target: 74.1 percent for TV and 78.2 percent for computer

Other Objectives

Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective NF-4: Reduce screen time among high school students. NF-4a: Increase the proportion who watch TV for no more than 2 hours a day to 74.1% among the total population, 82.6% among Whites, 50.2% among Blacks, and 63.9% among Hispanics. NF-4b: Increase the proportion who use the computer for no more than 2 hours a day to 78.2% among the total population, 82.2% among Whites, 70.3% among Blacks, and 76.6% among Hispanics.

How Are We Doing?

Screen time among high school students is increasing rather than decreasing, as desired. Decreases in television viewing time have been offset by increases in time spent playing video and computer games and using the internet.
Page Content Updated On 10/31/2016, Published on 11/15/2016
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Content updated: Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:52:42 EST