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37.3 percent

July 31, 2012

TV watching by New Jersey students may be down slightly but time spent on the Internet and gaming is way up, according to the New Jersey Student Health Study, a biannual report by the state Department of Education.

About 37 percent of high school students say they spend three or more hours on the Internet, playing video games or using it for other than school work. That’s up from 28.9 percent in 2009. TV watching for more than three hours a day among these students has dropped to 33 percent in 2011, down from 42 percent in 2001.

Many of these students are doing both. Over one-third (36.6 percent) of the state’s high school students spend five or more hours on electronic viewing on an average school day. An additional 27.5 percent reported from three to five hours of electronic viewing; 28.6 percent spent one to three hours viewing electronics; 4.1 percent said they spend less than one hour and 3.2 percent said they did not do any electronic viewing at all.

Males spent more time playing video game (40.2 percent vs. 34.3 percent), females spent slightly more time on TV (33.6 percent vs. 32.3 percent). African-Americans spent more time on TV (53.4 percent) and video games (43.8 percent) than either whites (35.7 percent games and 27 percent TV) or Hispanics (38.1 percent video games and 39.4 percent TV).

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