TV/computer May Contribute to Teen Pain

BERGEN, Norway, June 14 (UPI) — The amount of time teens spend with TV and computer screens may contribute to some physical complaints, a researcher in Norway suggests.

Researchers, led by Torbjorn Torsheim of the University of Bergen in Norway, suggest the length of time spent in front of television and computer screens, as well as ergonomic aspects of such activity, is more important than the specific type of screen activity when it came to increased teen back pain, headaches and other complaints.


The study of 30,000 Nordic teenagers, published in the journal BMC Public Health, finds little interaction between screen-based activity types and particular physical complaints — although headache in girls was associated with computer use and TV viewing, but not gaming.

“The consistent but relatively weak magnitude of associations is in line with the interpretation that screen time is a contributing factor, but not a primary causal factor, in headache and backache in the general population of Nordic school-aged teenagers,” Torsheim says in statement.

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