Longitudinal impacts of pubertal timing and weight status on adolescent internet use: Analysis from a cohort study of taiwanese youths

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Aim To investigate the longitudinal impacts of pubertal timing and weight status on Internet use in adolescents. Methods Three waves of data on a longitudinal cohort of 7 th grade students (N = 2430) were retrieved from the Taiwan Youth Project. Univariate and multivariate regression models were applied using crude and adjusted odds ratios (OR) with 95% confidence intervals (CI) to examine the concomitant impacts of pubertal timing and weight status on adolescent Internet use. Results The dataset identified 210 (8.7%) students using the Internet for more than 20 hours/week, and 81 (3.3%) were viewing pornographic material online. Early maturing and thin-weight adolescents were at 35% and 46% increased risks of spending long hours on Internet use, respectively. While early puberty was associated with online pornography viewing among males (adjusted OR 1.84, 95% CI 1.04–3.28), early puberty was contrarily a protective factor against online gaming in females (adjusted OR 0.59, 95% CI 0.36–0.96). Conclusion Early puberty was found to be positively related to adolescent Internet use. Appropriate health education and guidance regarding Internet use should be provided to those with different developing needs.

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Tsai, M. C., Strong, C., Chen, W. T., Lee, C. T., & Lin, C. Y. (2018). Longitudinal impacts of pubertal timing and weight status on adolescent internet use: Analysis from a cohort study of taiwanese youths. PLoS ONE, 13(5). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0197860

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