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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Gaming, Internet Have Negative Impact on Teen Sleep

Gaming and Internet activity are more likely to have a negative impact on self-reported teen sleep duration than watching television, according to a study presented at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting.

The research was scheduled for presentation Saturday, May 14, at the 164th American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, which is in Honolulu May 14-18.

Researchers analyzed data about media usage and physical activity from the 2009 Youth Risk Behavioral Survey maintained by the Centers for Disease Control. The researchers found different types of media exposure have different impact on self-reported teen sleep patterns. Gaming and Internet usage negatively impacted reported sleep time, while television had no impact, and physical activity improved sleep time.

Details of this study, along with five other new research presentations, will be addressed at a press briefing from the APA Annual Meeting. Members of the media can attend in Room 307 of the Hawaii Convention Center at 8 am Hawaii time, Monday, May 16, or participate online at 11 AM PDT/2 pm EDT by registering at

The American Psychiatric Association is a national medical specialty society whose physician members specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and research of mental illnesses, including substance use disorders. Visit the APA at and

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