A new study shows that time spent by teens on social media leads to poor nutrition.
If you don’t know about Instagram, Snapchat,WhatsApp, Yik Yak- just ask a teen.
Teens are spending more time on these sites as well as Facebook and Twitter, and the time spent staring into smartphones, tablets, and laptops can have a negative effect on their nutritional choices, according to a Canadian study.
A survey of nearly 9,000 teens with a mean age of 15.2 found a relationship between increased social networking time and actions such as skipping breakfast and consuming sugary beverages and energy drinks, according to Hugues Sampasa-Kanyinga, MD, of Ottawa Public Health in Ontario, and colleagues.
However, unlike spending more time watching TV, increased social media activity was not tied to an increase in obesity risk.
According to the Pew Research Center, 9 out of 10 teens regularly access the internet using mobile devices. A quarter of those surveyed are online most of their waking hours.