The report involved over 1,000 ten and 11 year old’s from schools in Bristol and measured both physical activity and the amount of time spent in front of a screen.
The results showed that children spending more than two hours each day in front of a screen stood a higher chance of experiencing psychological difficulties, which was found to be consistent even in those who were very physically active (something considered to help prevent psychological issues).
Study author Dr Angie Page from the University of Bristol’s Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences said in a recent press release:
“Whilst low levels of screen viewing may not be problematic, we cannot rely on physical activity to ‘compensate’ for long hours of screen viewing.
The report, which was published in the November issue of American journal Pediatrics, concluded that limiting the screen time of children many be important for ensuring their health and well being.