Media and Its Impact on Mental and Physical Health of Youth

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Media and its Impact on Mental and Physical Health of Youth
National Conference on Youth Violence and Technology Indianapolis, Indiana October 28, 2009 Larry D. Rosen, Ph.D.

THE PROBLEM IN A NUTSHELL
Kids twice as likely as adults to drink soda, research says PERSONAL HEALTH: TV's Toll on Young Minds and Bodies

Why Media Could Be Bad For Your Child's Health TV Ads Entice Kids To Overeat, Study Finds

Nintendo Thumb Points to RSIs (Repetitive Stress Injuries)

Kids getting fatter, sicker: Experts blame junk food, video games

THIS COMIC STRIP MAY BE FUNNY … BUT SADLY IT IS REALITY.

DO VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES LEAD TO AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR?

STATISTICS ON CHILDHOOD “HEALTH”
• Adults – 66% overweight or obese

• Children – 32% overweight or “at risk” for becoming overweight

TELEVISION ADVERTISING: IS IT A POSSIBLE CAUSE OF OBESITY?
FACTS: 1.50% of all TV ad time is for food products. 2.Candy, snacks, sugared cereals, fast food account for 72% of all food advertisements • Age 2 to 7 • 17 minutes per day of TV ads • 106 hours per year • 4,400 “food ads” per year • Age 8 to 12 • 38 minutes per day of TV ads • 230 hours per year • 7,600 “food ads” per year • Age 13 to 17 • 36 minutes per day of TV ads • 217 hours per year • 6,000 “food ads” per year

HOW MUCH ADVERTISING DO OUR CHILDREN VIEW?

GEE, I WONDER IF KIDS ARE INFLUENCED BY THESE ADS …

RESEARCH STUDY ON MEDIA AND HEALTH

• Online, anonymous survey for parents (N = 1,030) • Three age groups: • 4- to 8-year-olds (N = 338) • 9- to 12-year-olds (N = 316) • 13- to 18-year-olds (N = 376) • Questions: • Parent health • Parent media usage • Child health • Child media usage

“ILL-BEING” HEALTH ISSUES:
• PHYSICAL HEALTH SYMPTOMOLOGY

• Sick days • Sleep habits • Physical problems – headaches, stomach aches • BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS • Difficulty making/keeping friends • Antisocial behaviors • Anger/emotional outbursts • ATTENTIONAL DIFFICULTIES • ADHD scale • Attentional symptoms • PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS • Depression • Anxiety • Stress

MEDIA USAGE ASSESSED: HOURS PER DAY
• • • • • • • • • Being online Using the computer but not online Sending and receiving e-mail Using instant message (IM) or chat Talking on the telephone Sending and receiving text messages Playing video games Listening to music Watching television MEDIA “TECHNO-COCOONS” • • • • Computer in the bedroom Television in the bedroom Personal iPod/MP3 player and cell phone Videogame consoles in the bedroom

“JUNK FOOD” CONSUMPTION

• Diet drinks

• • • • • •

Sugared Sodas Energy drinks Coffee or coffee drinks Fast food meals Fried foods Unhealthy snacks – chips, sweets, etc.

WHAT DO THEY CONSUME?
Once a Day 4-6/Week 2-3/Week 2-4/Month Once a Month Never

HEALTHY CHILDREN?
• CHILDREN 4-8 Years Old • 66% Overweight or ”at risk” for Obesity • PRE-TEENS 9-12 Years Old • 52% Overweight or ”at risk” for Obesity • TEENAGERS 13-18 Years Old • 38% Overweight or ”at risk” for Obesity

HEALTHY PARENTS?
• PARENTS: • 9% Underweight • 39% Healthy weight • 52% Overweight or Obese

ARE THE KIDS GETTING ENOUGH OUTDOOR PLAY AND EXERCISE?

ONE HOUR PER DAY OR LESS OUTDOOR PLAY AND EXERCISE

HOW MUCH MEDIA ARE THEY “CONSUMING” DAILY?
MEDIA TYPE Online Using Computer E-Mail IM/Chat Telephone Text Messaging Video Games Music TV 4–8 YEAR OLDS 0:27 0:23 0:06 0:04 0:20 0:07 0:50 0:42 2:05 9 – 12 YEAR OLDS 1:01 0:53 0:22 0:24 0:41 0:41 1:12 1:16 1:52 13 – 18 YEARS OLD 1:24 1:37 0:56 1:21 1:14 2:25 1:06 2:49 1:55

TOTAL MEDIA

5:04

8:23

14:46

TECHNO-COCOONS?

TO SUMMARIZE
1. Adults (parents) are mostly overweight or obese 2. Children and teens are either overweight or at risk for being overweight [the youngest ones are the most “at risk”] 3. Children and teens are eating unhealthy foods [so are their parents] 4. Children and teens are spending very little time playing outdoors or exercising 5. Children and teens are spending hours with media which increases...
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