New study published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers in the UK found children who spend a lot of time in front of television and computer monitors had more psychological difficulties than their counterparts who weren't in front of these devices.
Scientists from University of Bristol's Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences, looked at 1000 children, between 10 and 11 years, and noted the time they spent on recreational activities, including both sedentary time and time spent on moderate to vigorous activities and then they arrived at the conclusion.
The youngsters also completed a questionnaire that asked them about their strengths and difficulties. The questions were designed to assess their psychological well-being.
The data found children who looked at television or computer screens for more than two hours scored high on having psychological difficulty, regardless of how much time the children participated in physical activity.
However, children who spent more time on sedentary activities, like homework, or working on a hobby, but not in front of a screen, had better psychological scores overall.
Those with more physical activity fared better in certain psychological areas, including emotional problems and issues with schoolmates, but did not do as well in areas related to conduct and behavior, including hyperactivity. The authors of the study concluded that the less time a child spends in front of an electronic screen, the better was it for them.