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.
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