Concurrent screen use and cross-sectional association with lifestyle behaviours and psychosocial health in adolescent females
journal contributionposted on 01.04.2021, 13:38 by DM Harrington, Ekaterini Ioannidou, Melanie J Davies, Charlotte L. Edwardson, T Gorely, Alex V. Rowlands, Lauren Sherar, AE Staiano
Aim: To describe concurrent screen use and any relationships with lifestyle behaviours and psychosocial health. Methods: Participants wore an accelerometer for seven days to calculate physical activity sleep and sedentary time. Screen ownership and use and psychosocial variables were self-reported. Body mass index (BMI) was measured. Relationships were explored using mixed models accounting for school clustering and confounders. Results: In 816 adolescent females (age: 12.8 SD 0.8 years; 20.4% non-white European) use of ≥2 screens concurrently was: 59% after school, 65% in evenings, 36% in bed and 68% at weekends. Compared to no screens those using: ≥1 screens at weekends had lower physical activity; ≥2 screens at the weekend or one/two screen at bed had lower weekend moderate-to-vigorous physical activity; one screen in the evening had lower moderate-to-vigorous physical activity in the after-school and evening period; ≥1 screens after school had higher BMI; and ≥3 screens at the weekend had higher weekend sedentary time. Compared to no screens those using: 1–3 after-school screens had shorter weekday sleep; ≥1 screens after-school had lower time in bed. Conclusion: Screen use is linked to lower physical activity, higher BMI and less sleep. These results can inform screen use guidelines.
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