Religion and Screen Hours in a US National Sample

15 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2016 Last revised: 18 Aug 2018

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Richard Gillum

Howard University

Kristen Dodd

Howard University College of Medicine

Isaac M. E. Dodd

Howard University College of Medicine

Date Written: January 20, 2016

Abstract

Time spent sitting, especially TV viewing, has been found to be associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality independent of activity level. No studies were found of religious behavior and sitting, TV viewing or total screen time. To test the hypothesis that sitting screen hours are associated with frequency of attendance at religious services, data from a US national health survey were analyzed. In this large sample (n = 3,029), adults 40 years and over who reported attending religious services weekly or more also reported significantly less daily TV viewing than others. This amounted to about 20 fewer minutes TV viewing per day. No association was seen for time using a computer.

Keywords: religion, sedentary lifestyle, health behavior, psychology

JEL Classification: I1, I12, J14, N30

Suggested Citation

Gillum, Richard and Dodd, Kristen and Dodd, Isaac, Religion and Screen Hours in a US National Sample (January 20, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2825157 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2825157

Richard Gillum

Howard University ( email )

2900 Van Ness Street, N.W.
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Kristen Dodd (Contact Author)

Howard University College of Medicine ( email )

Howard University College of Medicine
520 W St. NW
Washington, DC 20059
United States

Isaac Dodd

Howard University College of Medicine ( email )

520 W St NW
Washington, DC 20059
United States

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