7 Dec 2011

TV time of teenagers monitored

9:50 am on 7 December 2011

Researchers have found New Zealand teenagers appear to spend less time in front of TV and computer screens than their counterparts in other countries.

More than 200 young people were studied by Auckland University to find out more about how they spend their downtime.

The average teenager was found to spend seven - nine hours per day sitting, with three hours of that in front of a TV or computer screen.

A similar study of Australian teenagers found they spent almost four hours hours in front of a TV or computer screen. Young people in the United States spent nearly 5½ hours.

Participants were surveyed on their activities and also wore an device to measure their movement.