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In the News; April 7, 2008

There is new research out today. Teenagers with a bedroom television tend to have poorer diet and exercise habits and lower grades in school than those without one according to researchers at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

They questioned 781 adolescents, ages 15 to 18, in the Minneapolis . Of them, 62 percent reported having a television in their bedroom. They found that those with a bedroom TV were more apt to watch it a lot, clocking four to five more hours in front of a television per week, the researchers said. Twice as many of the teens with a bedroom TV were classified as heavy TV watchers -- at least five hours a day -- compared to those without one.

Girls with a bedroom television reported getting less vigorous exercise, ate fewer vegetables, drank more sweetened beverages and ate meals with their family less often.
Boys with a bedroom TV reported having a lower grade point average s well as eating less fruit and having fewer family meals, the researchers said.

Having a husband creates an extra seven hours of housework each week for women, according to a new study. For men, tying the knot saves an hour of weekly chores. According to an economist at University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research. "Men tend to work more outside the home, while women take on more of the household labor."

Times are a' changing in the American home. In 1976, women busied themselves with 26 weekly hours of sweeping-and-dusting work, compared with 17 hours in 2005. Men are pitching in more, more than doubling their housework hours from six in 1976 to 13 in 2005. Single women in their 20s and 30s did the least housework, about 12 weekly hours, while married women in their 60s and 70s did the most - about 21 hours a week. Older men pick up a broom more often than younger men. Single guys worked the hardest around the house, trumping all age groups of married men.

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Conan (L) the Chihuahua, joins Buddhist priest Joei Yoshikuni (R) in prayer at Jigenin temple in Naha, Okinawa

(AFP/Toru Yamanaka)


Anonymous said...

I knew it! Men do less housework!

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