Monday, 7 April 2008

More amazing discoveries

Spotted on Science Daily:

University of Minnesota School of Public Health researchers have found that older adolescents who have a bedroom television are less likely to engage in healthy activities such as exercising, eating fruits or vegetables, and enjoying family meals. They also consumed larger quantities of sweetened beverages and fast food, were categorized as heavy TV watchers, and read or studied less than teens without TVs in their bedrooms.

And the conclusion?

Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Ph.D., principal investigator of Project EAT notes, "Our findings suggest the importance of not having a television in a child's bedroom."

This study can't be criticised on grounds of small sample size, either. They looked at almost 800 teenagers before coming up with their radical findings, to be published in May. A waste of time and money? Perhaps. But I love the title the psychologists gave to their research paper: Characteristics Associated with Older Adolescents who have a Television in their Bedrooms. At least it's unambiguous.