A while back, I posted about the apparent collective sweet tooth that Israeli society seems to have, and wondered whether Israelis are fighting the same battles against childhood obesity and juvenile diabetes that Americans are notoriously fighting. Some commenters, reporting from Israel, posited that Israeli kids get out and move around more, and that this exercise is what distinguishes their slimmer figures from those of their American counterparts, who the phrase "couch potato" seems to have been coined to describe. Interesting theory, except that the results of a recent study show that Israeli youth face the same scourge of addiction to television and computer use as youngsters on this side of the ocean.
Israeli youngsters spend almost seven hours a day sitting in front of the computer and watching television, a new survey shows.I wonder if the percentage of youths polled who were found not to use the computer or watch television is over and above the presumable almost 100% of Charedi Israeli youths who do not partake in such multimedia hobbies.
Only 10 percent of youngsters said they do not watch television, and 12 percent do not use the computer. According to the survey, only 8 percent of youths aged 12-17 do not use the computer.
...The survey also revealed that the addiction to computers increases with age, and that youths use the computer more than children.