QuickStats: Percentage* of Children† Aged 2–17 Years With >2 Hours of Screen Time Per Weekday,§ by Sex and Age Group — National Health Interview Survey,¶ United States, 2020
Weekly / January 21, 2022 / 71(3);106
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* With 95% CIs indicated by error bars.
† Children are defined here as children and adolescents (i.e., persons aged 2–17 years).
§ Based on a response to the question, “On most weekdays, does (child’s name) spend more than 2 hours a day in front of a TV, computer, cellphone, or other electronic device watching programs, playing games, accessing the Internet, or using social media?” Respondents were instructed not to include time spent for schoolwork.
¶ Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population.
Overall, 65.7% of boys and 64.6% of girls aged 2–17 years spent >2 hours of screen time per weekday, in addition to screen time spent for schoolwork. Among both boys and girls, the percentage of children who spent >2 hours of screen time increased with increasing age group from 47.5% for those aged 2–5 years to 80.2% for those aged 12–17 years.
Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey, 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/index.htm
Reported by: Amanda E. Ng, MPH, firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-458-4587; Lindsey I. Black, MPH.
Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Percentage of Children Aged 2–17 Years With >2 Hours of Screen Time Per Weekday, by Sex and Age Group — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2022;71:106. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm7103a6external icon.
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