Youth Cannabis Use and Screen Time Sedentary Behaviors


A new study reported in SSM-Population Health examined the association between various screen time sedentary behaviors and cannabis use among youth. 

Using a large sample of high school-aged Canadian youth, researchers found that adolescents spent on average nearly 7.5 hours a day on screen time sedentary behaviors, such as internet use, messaging, and watching TV and movies. 

Total screen time sedentary behaviors was positively associated with more frequent cannabis use.  

The authors concluded that screen time may be a risk factor for cannabis use as well as poor mental health.  

Preventive interventions and strategies designed to increase physical activity among youth could therefore serve to prevent cannabis use while also possibly improving mental and physical well-being. 

Read the entire paper: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352827319300837 

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