TV and Insomnia, Other New Research

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A German study of 137 teens found a "significant relationship between shortened sleep time and duration of daily television viewing."  Furthermore, the data showed a connection between watching horror movies and having symptoms of insomnia.  You can see other studies on media and sleep in the CMCH Database of Research. Other research out this month:… Read more »

JAH Abstracts on Media

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CMCH researchers Dr. Michael Rich and Dr. David Bickham have tested a new approach to collecting media use data called Measuring Youth Media Exposure (MYME).  This approach combines a recall questionnaire and time-use diary with momentary sampling in the form of electronic reports and video surveys.  This combination will allow researchers to gain a better… Read more »

CMCH Initiative: Guest Bloggers

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This post was written by CMCH Director Dr. Michael Rich: One of the founding philosophies of CMCH was to provide a “village square” where researchers investigating any aspect of media influence on child health and development could exchange ideas, questions, concerns, and resources. Our field has long been hobbled by scant funding, limited communication among… Read more »

Media Reduction Interventions to Target Obesity – New Research

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Two new studies this month have focused on creating media reduction interventions in order to target obesity: Baker, I.R., Dennison, B.A., et al. (2007). "An asset-based community initiative to reduce television viewing in New York state." Preventive Medicine. Zabinski, M.F., Norman, G.J., et al. (2007). "Patterns of sedentary behavior among adolescents." Health Psychology. Two other… Read more »

MySpace and Internet Safety

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Four families have sued MySpace, the social networking website, after their daughters were abused by people they met through the site.  The parents are disappointed that the site did not establish safety measures for their younger users earlier than they did.  Recently however, MySpace has launched partnerships with law enforcement and started efforts to educate… Read more »

Prime-Time TV Violence Has Increased

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The Parents’ Television Council has released a report on prime-time violence on the six major television networks, analyzing over 1,000 hours of programming in the past three years.  They compared the data from these years to an earlier analysis they did from 1998-2002, and made some disturbing findings: Violence has increased in every time slot… Read more »

Public Service Announcements: By Teens, For Teens

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Today I heard about two organizations that offered teens a chance to engage in media production by creating Public Service Announcements (PSA’s).  Just as writing skills are a key element in print literacy, media production is essential for enhancing media literacy. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy held a contest for young filmmakers, resulting… Read more »

Dance Dance Revolution: Weight Loss Aid?

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Should the video game Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) be part of your strategy for this year’s weight-loss resolutions? Two recent studies have looked to DDR as a means of weight loss and found that theoretically, playing the game could work to decrease obesity: Lanningham-Foster et al found that children expended twice as much energy using… Read more »

Dieting Articles Lead to Unhealthy Weight Control

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In a 5-year study of over 2,500 teens, van den Berg et al found that reading magazine articles about diet and weight loss lead to unhealthy weight control behaviors among girls.  Compared to girls who did not read these articles, frequent readers were twice as likely to skip meals, fast, and smoke cigarettes, and three… Read more »