The Social Sciences

Year: 2008
Volume: 3
Issue: 3
Page No. 261 - 266

A Descriptive Epidemiology of Screen-Based Media Use among School Children in Turkey

Authors : Ganime Sadikoglu , Alis Ozcakir , Selin Sadikoglu , Nazan Bilgel , Huriye Tezgelen , Hasan Orhan and Hande G. Ersun

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to estimate the prevalence and amount of Television (TV) watching and computer use among primary schoolchildren. Our study group was composed of 318 children between the ages of 8 and 14 who attended a private school in Bursa, Turkey. The mean time spent on screen-based media was found to be 2.4 and 3.7 h/day on weekdays and weekends, respectively. About 65% of the time spent on computers was used for entertainment and games. This study showed that screen-based media are important for the children in our study group. On the other hand, among the activities that they performed together with their family members or friends, computers lost their importance. This commitment is not true for watching TV; hence, among family activities, it has still an enormous proportion.

How to cite this article:

Ganime Sadikoglu , Alis Ozcakir , Selin Sadikoglu , Nazan Bilgel , Huriye Tezgelen , Hasan Orhan and Hande G. Ersun , 2008. A Descriptive Epidemiology of Screen-Based Media Use among School Children in Turkey. The Social Sciences, 3: 261-266.

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