Important Facts for Screen Time among Adolescents in Grades 9 to 12
DefinitionThe 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
NumeratorThe 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
DenominatorThe total number of survey respondents
Data Interpretation IssuesIn 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 12U.S. Target: 73.9 percent
State Target: 74.1 percent for TV and 78.2 percent for computer