Are active video games associated with less screen media or conventional physical activity?

Beltran-Carrillo, Vicente J. and Beltran-Carrillo, Juan I. and Gonzalez-Cutre, David and Biddle, Stuart J. H. ORCID: and Montero-Carretero, Carlos (2016) Are active video games associated with less screen media or conventional physical activity? Games and Culture, 11 (6). pp. 608-624. ISSN 1555-4120


This study analyzed the time adolescents spend on active video games, sedentary screen media, and conventional physical activity as well as the interrelationships between these variables. Data were collected from 570 Spanish adolescents (15-16 years old) who completed a self-report questionnaire. A path analysis was carried out to analyze the relationships among the different variables. Time in television, video games, and physical activity were higher in males than in females. The use of television and video games positively predicted the use of active video games, which positively predicted physical activity participation. The findings of this study show that sedentary screen media and physical activity are behaviors that can coexist. The promotion of active video games as part of general strategies for the promotion of physical activity could be desirable, but it is likely to contribute to physical activity levels in only a small way. This article finishes with some recommendations related to the use of active/inactive screen media and the promotion of physical activity.

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Date Deposited: 10 May 2017 01:35
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2017 05:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: computer; gender; inactivity; mobile phone; television;
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
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