Internet-obsessed kids less likely to play sport

CHILDREN who spend a lot of time on the internet are much less likely to play sports, data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed.

The recreational statistics showed only 52% of children who spent 20 hours or more a week online participated in organised sports.

In contrast, 70% of children who spent only three to four hours a week on the internet at home took part in at least one organised sport outside of school hours.

The national survey of recreational activity should a similar pattern among big television watchers.

Some 64% of children who spent 20 hours or more watching TV participated in sports or dance, while 72% of those who watched three to four hours participated.

Internet and sports:

2 hours or less on internet: 31.4% played no sport.

5-9 hours: 33.3% played no sport

10-19 hours: 37.5% played no sport

20 hours or more: 47.7% played no sport.

Topics:  children health internet sport

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