Both Dutch teenagers themselves 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 children and teenagers surveyed spend an average of three hours and twenty minutes a day behind a screen.

Young people of eighteen and nineteen years old, with an average of about four hours a day, spend even longer behind a computer, for example. All groups find 2.5 hours a day behind screens the 'right' duration.

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 late in the morning sleep worse than those who do not.


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