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Complete Health Indicator Report of Screen Time among Adolescents in Grades 9 to 12

Definition

The percentage of students who did not watch television, play video or computer games, or use a computer (except for school work) for 3 or more hours per day on an average school day

Numerator

The number of students who did not watch television, play video or computer games, or use a computer (except for school work) for 3 or more hours per day on an average school day

Denominator

The total number of survey respondents

Why Is This Important?

Research has shown that engaging in physical activity is important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The epidemic of childhood overweight and obesity can be partly attributed to the over-consumption of media by children.[https://www.cdc.gov/youthcampaign/pressroom/article/decreasing-screen.htm ^1^]

Healthy People Objective: Increase the proportion of children and adolescents who view television, videos, or play video games for no more than 2 hours a day: Adolescents in grades 9 through 12

U.S. Target: 73.9 percent
State Target: 74.1 percent for TV and 78.2 percent for computer

Other Objectives

'''Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective NF-4:''' Reduce screen time among high school students. *'''NF-4a''': Increase the proportion who watch TV for no more than 2 hours a day to 74.1% among the total population, 82.6% among Whites, 50.2% among Blacks, and 63.9% among Hispanics. *'''NF-4b''': Increase the proportion who use the computer for no more than 2 hours a day to 78.2% among the total population, 82.2% among Whites, 70.3% among Blacks, and 76.6% among Hispanics.

How Are We Doing?

Screen time among high school students is increasing rather than decreasing, as desired. Decreases in television viewing time have been offset by increases in time spent playing video and computer games and using the internet. In 2015 and 2017, the New Jersey Student Health Survey was unable to obtain the number of student responses needed to reach the 60% response rate required by the CDC to be able to weight the data to be representative of the New Jersey high school student population. Data from 2013 remains the most recently available.


Related Indicators

Related Risk Factors Indicators:


Related Health Status Outcomes Indicators:



Data Tables


Screen Time among Adolescents in Grades 9 to 12, No More Than 2 Hours of Daily Use, by Type and Year, New Jersey, 2001-2013

Screen TypeYearPercent of High School Students in Grades 9-12Lower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 11
Television200159.352.465.9
Television2003**
Television200564.257.970.0
Television2007**
Television200967.461.073.3
Television201167.161.272.4
Television201371.566.875.8
Video/Computer Games and Internet Use2007**
Video/Computer Games and Internet Use200971.167.874.2
Video/Computer Games and Internet Use201162.758.866.4
Video/Computer Games and Internet Use201363.461.065.7

Data Notes

Data are only collected in odd numbered years. 2015 and 2017 data are not available because New Jersey did not receive a sufficient response rate to weight data.   Internet and video game usage was not tracked prior to the 2007 survey.

Data Sources

  • New Jersey Student Health Survey, Office of Student Support Services, Division of Student Services and Career Readiness, New Jersey Department of Education, [http://www.nj.gov/education/students/yrbs/]
  • High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [http://nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline/]


Screen Time among Adolescents in Grades 9 to 12, No More Than 2 Hours of Daily TV Viewing, by Race/Ethnicity, New Jersey, 2007-2013 (HNJ2020)

Race/EthnicityYearPercent of High School Students in Grades 9-12Lower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 19
White200775.7
White200975.170.978.8
White201173.067.877.6
White201376.371.480.6
Black200749.6
Black200945.636.654.8
Black201146.636.756.8
Black201358.850.966.2
Hispanic200763.8
Hispanic200958.148.467.1
Hispanic201160.655.065.9
Hispanic201361.956.467.1
Asian2009**
Asian201178.869.685.8
Asian201384.275.290.4
Total200768.6
Total200967.461.073.3
Total201167.161.272.4
Total201371.566.875.8

Data Notes

Data are only collected in odd numbered years. 2015 and 2017 data are not available because New Jersey did not receive a sufficient response rate to weight data.   This is Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective NF-4a. Data for White, Black, and Asian do not include Hispanics. Hispanic ethnicity includes persons of all races. ** Sample size too small to calculate a reliable rate.

Data Sources

  • New Jersey Student Health Survey, Office of Student Support Services, Division of Student Services and Career Readiness, New Jersey Department of Education, [http://www.nj.gov/education/students/yrbs/]
  • High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [http://nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline/]


Screen Time among Adolescents in Grades 9 to 12, No More Than 2 Hours of Daily TV Viewing, by Year and Gender, New Jersey 2001-2013

SexYearPercent of High School Students in Grades 9-12Lower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 14
Male200155.849.561.9
Male2003**
Male200562.355.568.6
Male2007**
Male200966.559.672.7
Male201167.760.973.8
Male201372.567.277.3
Female200162.853.870.9
Female2003**
Female200566.259.172.6
Female2007**
Female200968.461.274.7
Female201166.460.372.1
Female201370.565.475.2

Data Notes

Data are only collected in odd numbered years. 2015 and 2017 data are not available because New Jersey did not receive a sufficient response rate to weight data.

Data Sources

  • New Jersey Student Health Survey, Office of Student Support Services, Division of Student Services and Career Readiness, New Jersey Department of Education, [http://www.nj.gov/education/students/yrbs/]
  • High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [http://nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline/]


Screen Time among Adolescents in Grades 9 to 12, No More Than 2 Hours of Daily Video or Computer Game Playing and Internet Use, by Race/Ethnicity, New Jersey, 2007-2013 (HNJ2020)

Race/EthnicityYearPercent of High School Students in Grades 9-12Lower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 19
White200775.6
White200974.771.277.8
White201164.359.968.5
White201366.263.768.6
Black200772.8
Black200963.956.670.6
Black201156.247.464.7
Black201360.449.470.4
Hispanic200773.9
Hispanic200969.664.274.5
Hispanic201161.954.069.3
Hispanic201360.254.465.8
Asian2009**
Asian201164.752.075.6
Asian201358.649.966.9
Total200774.2
Total200971.167.874.2
Total201162.758.866.4
Total201363.461.065.7

Data Notes

Data are only collected in odd numbered years. 2015 and 2017 data are not available because New Jersey did not receive a sufficient response rate to weight data.   This is Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective NF-4b. Data for White, Black, and Asian do not include Hispanics. Hispanic ethnicity includes persons of all races. ** Sample size too small to calculate a reliable rate.

Data Sources

  • New Jersey Student Health Survey, Office of Student Support Services, Division of Student Services and Career Readiness, New Jersey Department of Education, [http://www.nj.gov/education/students/yrbs/]
  • High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [http://nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline/]


Video/Computer Game Time among Adolescents in Grades 9 to 12 No More Than 2 Hours of Daily Video or Computer Game Playing and Internet Use, by Race/Ethnicity, New Jersey, 2013

Race/EthnicityPercent of High School Students in Grades 9-12Lower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 6
White66.2%63.7%68.6%
Black60.4%49.4%70.4%
Hispanic60.2%54.4%65.8%
Asian58.6%49.9%66.9%
New Jersey63.4%61.0%65.7%
United States58.7%56.6%60.8%

Data Notes

Data are only collected in odd numbered years. 2015 and 2017 data are not available because New Jersey did not receive a sufficient response rate to weight data.   Data for White, Black, and Asian do not include Hispanics. Hispanic ethnicity includes persons of all races.

Data Source

High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [http://nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline/]


Screen Time among Adolescents in Grades 9 to 12, No More Than 2 Hours of Daily Video or Computer Game Playing and Internet Use, by Year and Gender, New Jersey 2009-2013

SexYearPercent of High School Students in Grades 9-12Lower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 6
Male200968.163.272.6
Male201159.854.964.5
Male201366.163.069.2
Female200974.270.277.8
Female201165.760.870.3
Female201360.856.864.6

Data Notes

Data are only collected in odd numbered years. 2015 and 2017 data are not available because New Jersey did not receive a sufficient response rate to weight data.

Data Sources

  • New Jersey Student Health Survey, Office of Student Support Services, Division of Student Services and Career Readiness, New Jersey Department of Education, [http://www.nj.gov/education/students/yrbs/]
  • High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [http://nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline/]

References and Community Resources

1. CDC: [https://www.cdc.gov/youthcampaign/pressroom/article/decreasing-screen.htm Decreasing Screen Time] NJDOH Office of Nutrition and Fitness: [http://www.state.nj.us/health/nutrition/] [https://www.thecommunityguide.org/findings/obesity-behavioral-interventions-aim-reduce-recreational-sedentary-screen-time-among Behavioral Interventions that Aim to Reduce Recreational Sedentary Screen Time Among Children]

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