Researchers at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit have found a link between heavy Internet use in teens and high blood pressure. Teens who spent over 14 hours a week on the Internet had “elevated blood pressure.” Of the 134 teens studied and defined as heavy Internet users, “26 had elevated blood pressure.”
From the report:
Cassidy-Bushrow recommends moderation in all things Internet, no matter how much the kids whine.
“It’s important that young people take regular breaks from their computer or smartphone, and engage in some form of physical activity. I recommend to parents they limit their children’s’ time at home on the Internet,” she said. “I think two hours a day, five days a week is good rule of thumb.”
The study also found that students spent 15 hours on the Internet per week on average and that 39% of girls were heavy Internet users vs. 43% of boys. Another important data point? “43 percent of heavy Internet users were considered overweight compared to 26 percent of light Internet users.”
The Internet, in short, is killing us.