Excessive Screen Time Paving Methods for Chronic Diseases in Australian Children


Studies show that Australian adolescents who prioritize more digital screen time and sacrifice sleep, exercise, and a healthy diet may be at increased risk of mental health problems, obesity, and chronic illness in later years. It has become clear.

NS studyA 2019 survey of 6,640 people aged 11-14 years found that 5,565 (86%) spent more than two hours a day on television and electronics. 4,969 (78%) did not sleep for the recommended number of hours, and 2,920 (50%) had a poor diet consisting of sugar-containing beverages with inadequate intake of fruits and vegetables.

This study is based on previous findings that established a relationship between the use of electronic screens by children and teens and the incidence of mental and physical health problems.

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Students at Listerfield Elementary School in Melbourne, Australia, October 12, 2020. (Photo courtesy of eDaniel Pockett / Getty Images)

especially, 2019 study A publication in the Journal of the American Medical Association found a correlation between adolescent screening time and symptoms of depression.When 2013 paper The National Library of Medicine has found that slow beds and wake-up times are associated with a poor diet consisting of high-energy, low-nutrient foods.

Alicia, Perth’s mother, who has three adolescents between the ages of 11 and 16, told the Epoch Times, in particular, that the game made her children indifferent to their participation in social or physical activities.

“They will be more isolated,” Alicia said. “Their world is reduced to just a game.”

Aside from lack of exercise, she said excessive pre-sleep psychological irritation was exacerbated by the blue light from the screen, making it difficult for children to sleep at the right time.

However, the adoption of computers and mobile phones was inevitable for young Australians, and almost every school eventually joined the rapid spread of electronics. It was led by a $ 2.4 billion program in 2008 when the federal government deployed laptops in public schools.

“But it’s really hard. They’re doing their homework, and it’s all on the computer, and it’s really hard to escape.”

Alicia felt that technology was an important tool in education, but said she needed more moderation and control when it came to spending time on the screen.

She said removing the computer from the bedroom meant it became a place to sleep and relax, and there was no temptation to jump in late at night as it happened before.

She also said that regular exercise had a strong impact on improving the overall health of teenage boys.

“Teenage boys especially need to exercise daily and need to have proper, strenuous exercise to raise their heart rate,” she said. “If you’re exercising enough, your body is tired. And yes, they’re spending some screen time. That’s how they get along with their friends, and that’s how they get along with each other. It’s a way to work. “

“Our new rule is no exercise, no games, and everything has to be plugged out of the room every night.”

Daniel Kumerev


Daniel Khmelev is a Perth-based Australian reporter working on energy, technology and politics. He has a background in mathematics, physics and computer science. Contact him at [email protected].