Research: Youth Screen Time Up 52 Percent During Pandemic

New research has found the average screen time usage among youths aged 18 and under rose by more than 50% during the COVID-19 pandemic.

JAMA Pediatrics, a meta-analysis publisher, included data on more than 29,000 youths aged 18 and under. Data were collected from 46 studies investigating changes in the daily screen time of youths around the globe, with 26% of the studies carried out in North America.

In May 2020, 12- to 13-year-old children doubled their non-academic related screen time. A fall 2020 survey by the University of Minnesota found that more than one-third of U.S. children reported excessive screen time.

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