Montreal teens getting an unhealthy amount of screen time

March 16, 2008

A five-year study of almost 1,300 Montreal teenagers has found that they are spending an average of 30 hours a week in front of TV and computer screens -- double the 2 hours a day recommended by health officials.  Despite the popularity of social networks, TV gets the lion's share of high schoolers' attention. 60% of participants reported spending 20 hours a week online or watching TV.  33% spent 40 hours per week, and 10% reported up to 60 hours per week. Teens living in poorer neighbourhoods watch more TV, particularly the girls. Screen time is considered a "risk factor" for obesity, but also may lead to imitation of risky, aggressive or violent behaviourThe Globe & Mail