British study: Two-thirds of children spend their holidays staring at four screens sometimes

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A new British study found that the simultaneous use of many devices, such as smartphones, computers and televisions, is an increasing habit among children, and researchers at the University of Leicester tracked the screen usage habits of 816 British girls between the ages of 11 and 14.

According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, researchers at the Diabetes Research Center at the University of Leicester led the study, which was published in Acta Pediatrica, and was conducted before the current pandemic, which in itself is worrisome because it is believed that the sedentary behavior associated with looking at the screen has increased. .

And they found, 59% of girls use two or more monitors at the same time on weekdays after school, but this number reached 65% on weekday evenings.

Also, more than two-thirds, or about 68%, used two or more screens at the same time on weekends, while 36% said they used multiple screens in bed, and some girls admitted to using up to four screens at one time, as the screens became increasingly common. An integral part of young people’s lives.

The researchers also identified links between higher screen use and lower levels of sleep and physical activity, as well as higher body mass index (BMI).

Experts warn that increased inactive activity is closely related to type 2 diabetes, in which the body does not make enough insulin, or the body’s cells do not react to insulin.



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