Children’s actual screen time higher than adults think is healthy: Poll

A new survey found the majority of Americans set their own screen time limit for children that was much shorter than the actual screen time children experience.

The results of the YouGov poll found that 59% of its 5,000 respondents suggested a maximum daily screen time for children between 2 and 5 years old should be under an hour every day. Meanwhile, 28% answered between two to four hours or more is “unlikely to be harmful.”

However, a study from the Journal of the American Medical Association, which sampled over 48,000 children, found 50% were consuming more than an hour of screen time every day during the year 2021, the most recent year data is available. That was a decrease from 2019, when over 55% of children spent more than an hour staring at screens.

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