Both Dutch teenagers and their parents are critical about how much time young people spend behind a telephone, tablet or laptop, according to research by I&O Research commissioned by de Volkskrant . Seven out of ten teenagers would like to spend more time outside.

For the study, 569 young people between 10 and 22 years old and their parents were interviewed. If homework is not included, the majority of the group spends an average of three hours and twenty minutes a day behind a screen.

Young people between 18 and 19 years old, with an average of about four hours a day, spend even longer behind a computer, for example. All groups deem two and a half hours behind screens a day the 'right' number.

The screen shows that both young and old physically and mentally leave traces in young people. More than half think it leads to sleeping problems, almost half think of eye problems and concentration problems and exactly half mention shoulder and back problems as a result.

Earlier this year, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) also concluded that young people who look at their screen until the early hours of the day, sleep worse than those who do not.

See also: RIVM: Dutch youngsters sleep worse due to screen use in the evening


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