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Chapter 4. Activities Outside of School and Work

Indicator 34. Computer Use for Non-schoolwork

In the 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), 9th- through 12th-grade students were asked how many hours per day they played video games or used a computer for something other than schoolwork. Some 17 percent of high school students reported that they did not use a computer for video or computer games or for something other than schoolwork. About 24 percent of high school students reported playing video or computer games or using a computer for something other than schoolwork for less than 1 hour per day, while 59 percent reported doing those activities for 1 hour per day or more.

Some differences were found in the amount of time male and female high school students spent playing video or computer games. A higher percentage of females (22 percent) than males (13 percent) reported that they did not play video or computer games or use a computer for something other than schoolwork. A greater percentage of males than females reported playing video or computer games for 2, 3, 4, or 5 or more hours per day. For example, about 10 percent of male high school students reported playing video or computer games for more than 5 hours per day, compared with 6 percent of female high school students. No measurable differences were found by sex in the percentages of students who played video or computer games for less than 1 hour per day or for 1 hour per day.

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