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Why Playing Minecraft Might Be More Healthy for Kids Than TV

(screenshot from Minecraft trailer)

(screenshot from Minecraft trailer)

By Maanvi Singh, NPR

Doctors say children shouldn’t log more than two hours a day of screen time, though what with phones, computers and TV most children put in much more.

But it may be that not all screens are equally evil.

One theory? Harder to snack on chips when tapping on keyboard.    

Researchers from the University of Michigan found that sixth-graders who watched a lot of TV were more likely to eat junk food and drink soda than their peers who spent the same amount of time on the computer or playing video games, the researchers say.

Of course, running around outside is still much better for children’s health than playing Temple Run on an iPhone. Kids who watched two to six hours a day of TV and those who played video games or used a computer for the same amount of time were heavier and had higher blood pressure than those who put in less than an hour a day of screen time, the researchers found. Continue reading