'There have long been fears about the time children spend on their phone, and new research has revealed youngsters are now spending nearly five hours a day in front of a screen.
In 2000, young people spent two hours and 59 minutes doing screen-based activities - mainly watching TV and playing computer and video games, the study found.
In 2015, this had risen to four hours and 45 minutes as children increasingly use their technology while doing other things such as socialising and studying.
However, new Oxford University research has revealed that as digital past-times have become intertwined with daily life, children have adapted their behaviours to include their devices.
Much like adults, they are able to multi-task and also do all the things that they would do anyway.
The study is based on diary entries from eight to 18-year-olds, gathered in 2000 and 2015, on how they spend their time.
While use of computers, TVs and other devices has risen in recent years, the majority of this extra time is made up by children incorporating technology into other parts of their life.
Out of the extra hour and 46 minutes, around 30 minutes was due to screen-based activities - children using TV, computer and video games as their main focus.'
Read more: Children's screen time rises from three hours a day in 2000 to nearly five hours (but experts insist technology is NOT taking over their lives)
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