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Changes in television viewing and computers/videogames use among high school students in Southern Brazil between 2001 and 2011

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Abstract

Objectives

To compare the prevalence of television (TV) watching and of computer/videogame use among high school students (15–19 years) from Southern Brazil between 2001 and 2011 and to identify associated socio-demographic factors.

Methods

Panel studies were conducted with high school students in the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil, in 2001 (n = 5,028) and 2011 (n = 6,529). TV watching and computer/videogame use were collected using questionnaires.

Results

Prevalence of ≥2 h/day of TV watching dropped from 76.8 to 61.5 % and ≥2 h/day of computer/videogame use increased from 37.9 to 60.6 %. In both surveys, those aged 15–16 and those who did not work had higher likelihoods of being exposed to ≥2 h/day of TV watching. Boys, those with higher family income, and those who were living in urban areas had higher likelihoods of ≥2 h/day of computer/videogame use. Older age, studying at night and not working were protective factors to these behaviors.

Conclusions

After a decade, there was a decrease in the prevalence of TV viewing and an increase in computer/videogame use. Socio-demographic factors were differently associated with these behaviors.

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This project was supported by the Foundation for Research and Innovation in the State of Santa Catarina, Brazil, and the Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq). None of these organizations influenced the study planning or the decision to submit the manuscript for publication.

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Silva, K.S., da Silva Lopes, A., Dumith, S.C. et al. Changes in television viewing and computers/videogames use among high school students in Southern Brazil between 2001 and 2011. Int J Public Health 59, 77–86 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00038-013-0464-3

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