A new study from the University of Calgary in Canada found that children who are allowed to watch TV and play video games are more likely to behave badly, to behave badly, and to develop disorders such as anxiety and depression. British newspaper, “Daily Mail”.
The researchers, who reviewed 87 studies on the topic, found that children who reported spending more time in front of screens were more likely to show anxiety or depression, and were more likely to suffer from two symptoms of outward behavior, such as aggression or inattention. The researchers pointed out the risks, but did not specify how many hours the children watched television.
Lead Writer Dr. Sherry Madigan and colleagues note that screen time may not be a trigger for behavioral problems.
According to the NHS, children aged 5-16 in the UK watch an average of 6.3 hours of screens a day.
Global guidelines advise children under the age of two to avoid screens altogether and those between the ages of two and five to hold them for less than an hour a day.
This review includes data on 160,000 children aged 12 or under worldwide.
“Although the effect levels found in this study are small, the effects of screen time are significant at the population level,” the researchers said.
The team revealed a strong link between time spent in front of screens and boys’ anxiety and depression more than women, and said it may be due to more screen use for men and more behavioral problems than for women.
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