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This is your teen on screens

This is your teen on screens
Are we spending too much time surfing, clicking, texting with our heads stuffed in a screen? Digital media use could be causing adverse health impacts.
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Ever wonder how digital media use affects your health? A new article from Huffington Post shows how kids' health is being compromised by constant gaming, texting and tweeting.

Jessica Samakow and Lori Leibovich report children ages 8 to 18 spend an average of seven hours a day behind screens, and these are some of the health impacts:

  • Children who spend more time in front of screens and less time outside have narrower blood vessels in their eyes - an issue that's been linked to cardiovascular disease in adults.
  • 61 percent of obese boys, and 63 percent of obese girls, reported watching television for two or more hours each day.
  • 84 percent of 18- to 24- year-olds admitted to having back pain from being slumped over their phones, also known as "iPosture."

Read more about the health impacts of social media, headphones and video games in the Huffington Post.

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