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Smoking on NZ television – In the news

John Kerr posted in on June 1st, 2016.

New research highlighting the prevalence of smoking on New Zealand television has been widely covered by the media. Researchers from the University of Otago monitored depictions of tobacco across a week’s worth of free-to-air, prime-time New Zealand television. Comparing the results with a similar study from 2004, the researchers found that there had been little […]

Smoking on NZ television – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on June 1st, 2016.

It might be time to consider an ‘R’ rating for TV shows that depict smoking, say the authors of research showing there has been little change in smoking on our screens over the past decade A new study reports the total number of scenes featuring tobacco on prime-time, free-to-air NZ television across one week and […]

Does watching TV increase diabetes risk? – Expert reaction

Laura Goodall posted in on April 2nd, 2015.

Slumping in front of the box can bump up a person’s risk of diabetes, according to a new study published today. The study, published in the journal Diabetologia, looked at how long people spent sitting each day – including at the office as well as at home – and suggests that for every hour spent watching TV, […]

NZ Herald: Screens ‘damaging young brains’

Peter Griffin posted in on August 2nd, 2010.

Simon Collins writes in the New Zealand Herald about claims by a psychologist that computers are bad for children’s social and educational development, and shouldn’t be used by children under 9. Dr Aric Signman, who became well-known for research suggesting that television was bad for children’s brain development, and is now citing research showing that […]

Southland Times: Think-tank creates cow twitter idea

Peter Griffin posted in on May 20th, 2010.

Mark Hotton of the Southland Times writes about the idea, dreamt up by a think tank which explores the relationship between new media and ‘the human condition’, to connect some cows to twitter, allowing their farmer to keep track of their production. The tweets, which are enabled by the cows’ use of robotic milking technology, […]

TV viewing and mortality

Peter Griffin posted in on January 13th, 2010.

AusSMC (Adelaide): Is sitting in front of the TV shortening your life? Australian researchers have tracked the TV viewing habits of 8,800 adults and found that every hour spent in front of the television each day increased the risk of death from all causes. While the study focused specifically on television watching, the findings suggest […]

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