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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

Data Interpretation Issues

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.

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.


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, 2009-2019

Screen TypeYearPercent of High School Students in Grades 9-12Lower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 12
Television200967.461.073.3
Television201167.161.272.4
Television201371.566.875.8
Television2015**
Television2017**
Television201982.479.585.0
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
Video/Computer Games and Internet Use2015**
Video/Computer Games and Internet Use2017**
Video/Computer Games and Internet Use201953.550.156.8

Data Notes

This is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective NF-4. Survey is conducted in odd-numbered years only. ** 2015 and 2017 NJ survey data not available.

Data Source

High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/index.htm]


Screen Time among Adolescents in Grades 9 to 12, No More Than 2 Hours of Daily TV Viewing, by Race/Ethnicity, New Jersey, 2009-2019 (HNJ2020)

Race/EthnicityYearPercent of High School Students in Grades 9-12Lower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 24
White200975.170.978.8
White201173.067.877.6
White201376.371.480.6
White2015**
White2017**
White201985.082.087.5
Black200945.636.654.8
Black201146.636.756.8
Black201358.850.966.2
Black2015**
Black2017**
Black201972.759.782.7
Hispanic200958.148.467.1
Hispanic201160.655.065.9
Hispanic201361.956.467.1
Hispanic2015**
Hispanic2017**
Hispanic201979.173.783.7
Asian2009**
Asian201178.869.685.8
Asian201384.275.290.4
Asian2015**
Asian2017**
Asian201990.679.596.0

Data Notes

This is Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective NF-4a. Data for Whites, Blacks, and Asians do not include Hispanics. Hispanic ethnicity includes persons of any race. Survey is conducted in odd-numbered years only. ** 2009 Asian sample size too small to calculate a reliable rate. 2015 and 2017 NJ survey data not available.

Data Source

High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/index.htm]


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, 2009-2019 (HNJ2020)

Race/EthnicityYearPercent of High School Students in Grades 9-12Lower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 24
White200974.771.277.8
White201164.359.968.5
White201366.263.768.6
White2015**
White2017**
White201953.649.757.4
Black200963.956.570.6
Black201156.247.464.7
Black201360.449.470.4
Black2015**
Black2017**
Black201955.744.166.8
Hispanic200969.664.274.5
Hispanic201161.954.069.3
Hispanic201360.254.465.8
Hispanic2015**
Hispanic2017**
Hispanic201952.845.659.9
Asian2009**
Asian201164.752.075.6
Asian201358.649.966.9
Asian2015**
Asian2017**
Asian201954.043.564.2

Data Notes

This is Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective NF-4b. Data for Whites, Blacks, and Asians do not include Hispanics. Hispanic ethnicity includes persons of any race. Survey is conducted in odd-numbered years only. ** 2009 Asian sample size too small to calculate a reliable rate. 2015 and 2017 NJ survey data not available.

Data Source

High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/index.htm]


TV Time among Adolescents in Grades 9 to 12, No More Than 2 Hours of Daily TV Viewing, by Race/Ethnicity, New Jersey, 2019

Race/EthnicityPercent of High School Students in Grades 9-12Lower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 6
White85.0%82.0%87.5%
Black72.7%59.7%82.7%
Hispanic79.1%73.7%83.7%
Asian90.6%79.5%96.0%
New Jersey82.4%79.5%85.0%
United States80.2%78.7%81.7%

Data Notes

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, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/index.htm]


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, 2019

Race/EthnicityPercent of High School Students in Grades 9-12Lower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 6
White53.6%49.7%57.4%
Black55.7%44.1%66.8%
Hispanic52.8%45.6%59.9%
Asian54.0%43.5%64.2%
New Jersey53.5%50.1%56.8%
United States53.9%52.1%55.6%

Data Notes

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, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/index.htm]

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] [https://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao/multimedia/infographics/getmoving.html Screen Time vs. Lean Time]

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