Factors associated with communication-based sedentary behaviors among youth: are talking on the phone, texting, and instant messaging new sedentary behaviors to be concerned about?

J Adolesc Health. 2010 Sep;47(3):315-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2010.02.012. Epub 2010 Apr 28.


Purpose: Sedentary behavior research typically only examines screen time activities and not communication time activities, such as talking on the phone, texting, or instant messaging.

Methods: Data from 2,449 grade 5 to 8 students were used to examine factors associated with the time youth spent in communication-based sedentary behaviors.

Results: Screen time, physical activity, grade, and gender were associated with moderate and high communication time.

Discussion: Future research on sedentary behavior should include measures of communication time.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior*
  • Age Distribution
  • Body Weight
  • Communication*
  • Computer Communication Networks*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Electronic Mail
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Motor Activity
  • Odds Ratio
  • Ontario
  • Sedentary Behavior*
  • Sex Distribution
  • Social Behavior
  • Telephone
  • Time Factors