Older Americans Are Spending Too Much Time In Front Of Computer Screens

July 1, 2019

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Younger generations get a lot of heat about spending too much time staring at computer screens from older generations.  But a new study finds that Americans 60 and older are spending more time in front of their screens than a decade ago. Screen time is up 27%. It makes sense though with the introduction of the smart phone and that 53% of adults 65 and older are smartphone owners. But what is interesting is that screen time isn't just looking at a smart phone or laptop computer, it also includes TV and movies. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people over 65 watch an average of four hours and 14 minutes per day of television, more than any other age group. So the new screen time really is in addition to what they were already doing. And that additional time is at the expense of other activities that people used to do such as including reading and socializing. So older people are spending way more time sitting down and looking at screens, and far less time getting together with friends, having parties or being social, all of which require a bit of walking and moving around. The report highlights that it isn't just children we should be concerned about spending too much time in front of a screen, but older Americans too. Trading out socialization for screen time is a strong predictor of premature death, worse mental health, and lower quality of life.

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SOURCE: Mother Nature Network

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