Do Levels of Physical Activity among Pupils in Primary and Secondary Schools Explain the Number of Hours of Computer Use?
LANGUAGE NOTE | Document text in English; abstract also in Chinese.
The purpose of the study was to examine if the levels of physical activity predict the number of hours of computer use among pupils of healthy body weight from primary and secondary schools in Singapore. 120 primary school participants (mean age: 10.6 yrs) and 120 secondary school participants (mean age: 18.8 yrs), with the appropriate consents were involved in the study. Information number of hours of computer use, computer accessibility, how it is used for work and leisure and self-reported levels of current physical activity was gleaned from questionnaire responses Results showed that the number of hours spent per week using the computer increased with age (6.0±5.0 vs. 8.6±7.7 hrs, p<0.05), computer accessibility was very high (above 90%). No meaningful associations were detected among weekly number of hours of computer use and self reported levels of current physical activity, except for a small but significant correlation between hours of computer use and self-reported physical activity levels (r=0.23, p<0.05) in normal weight primary school participants. The results of the present study showed that the levels of current physical activity among primary and secondary pupils of healthy weight were not negatively associated with the weekly number of hour of computer use.
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