Korean Kids Spend Barely Half an Hour a Day Outdoors

      May 11, 2016 13:08

      Korean children spend only 34 minutes outdoors a day on average, a survey shows. That is a mere third of the time spent outside by their counterparts in the U.S. (1 hour and 59 minutes) and Canada (1 hour and 40 minutes).

      The Environment Ministry conducted the survey among 8,000 children and adolescents and released the results on Tuesday.

      Korean children between three and nine years of age spend most of their time indoors, going to crammers, playing games or watching TV.

      Children aged three to six spent only 32 minutes outdoors a day, and those between seven and nine 36 minutes.

      Except for sleeping, they spent most of their spare time watching TV -- 1 hour and 5 minutes for kids aged three to six, and 1 hour and 7 minutes for those between seven and nine. Three-to-six-year olds spent 24.6 minutes studying, and those between seven and nine 1 hour and 1 minute.

      Younger children spent 16 minutes playing computer games or surfing the Internet, the slightly older ones 20 minutes. They spent a paltry 15 minutes reading books.

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