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Check out recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics:

Brunborg, G. S., et al. (2011). The relationship between media use in the bedroom, sleep habits and symptoms of insomnia. J Sleep Res. Available online Feb 16.

  • This study indicates that the use of computers and mobile telephones in the bedroom are related to poor sleep habits.The authors found that the respondents who used a computer and mobile telephone in their bedrooms rose later on weekdays and turned off the lights to go to sleep later and rose later at weekends/days off. 

Gentzler, A. L.; Oberhauser,  A. M.; Westerman, D.;  & Nadorff, D.K. (2011). College students' use of electronic communication with parents: Links to loneliness, attachment, and relationship quality. Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw 14(1-2), 71-74.

  • Results indicated that students who report more frequent phone conversations with parents also report more satisfying, intimate, and supportive parental relationships, but those students who use a social-networking site to communicate with parents report higher levels of loneliness, anxious attachment, as well as conflict within the parental relationship. 

Lapierre, M. A., S. E. Vaala,, Linebarger, D.L.(2011). Influence of licensed spokescharacters and health cues on children's ratings of cereal taste. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med., 165(3), 229-234.

  • Children who saw a popular media character on the box reported liking the cereal more than those who viewed a box with no character on it. Those who were told the cereal was named Healthy Bits liked the taste more  than children who were told it was named Sugar Bits.

Jacobs, K., et al. (2011). University students' notebook computer use: Lessons learned using e-diaries to report musculoskeletal discomfort. Ergonomics, 54(2),  206-219.

  • In this study, university students reported less upper extremity musculoskeletal discomfort when using an ergonomic chair and notebook riser. Without some form of ergonomic intervention, these students are likely to enter the workforce with poor computing habits, which places them on the road to future injuries as technology continues to play a dominant role in their lives.

Rey-Lopez, J. P., et al. (2011). Food and drink intake during television viewing in adolescents: The Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence (HELENA) study. Public Health Nutr, 1-7.

  • This study found that watching TV for >2 h/d was associated with the consumption of energy-dense foods and drinks. Boys reported more frequent consumption of beer and soft drinks whereas girls selected more fruit juice, water, herbal infusions and sweets.

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