Average weekly screen time of young people aged 5-17 in New Zealand
By number of hours, 2018, % of young people
The following information applies to all values in the table.
Year: 2018, Survey question: Outside of school or work, on a normal weekday how many hours do you spend each day looking at a screen?, Grouping variable: Total, Category: Total
Young people aged 5 to 17 were asked the following questions:
Q16b: In total in the last 7 days how many hours did you spend being physically active for sport, PE, exercise or fun?
Q21: On which days did you do at least 60 minutes of physical activity for sport, PE, exercise or fun when you were breathing harder than normal?
Q39c: I usually eat fruit and vegetables every day.
Q42+Q42b: On average, how many hours of sleep do you get a night?
Guidelines: Young people aged 5-13 should get 9-11 hours sleep a night and young people aged 14-17 should get 8-10 hours.
Q44+Q45: Outside of school or work, on a normal weekday how many hours do you spend each week looking at a screen?
Q48: On a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 is very unhappy and 10 is very happy, in general how happy are you?
Sport: activities undertaken in a competition or tournament or informally, and individuals differ in their degree of competitiveness irrespective of how they participate.
Active recreation: all activities not considered to be sport. For adults - physical activity done specifically for the purpose of sport, exercise or recreation; for young people the word ‘recreation’ was changed to ‘fun’ and PE was also included.
Deprivation: based on the NZDep2013 index of socioeconomic deprivation, which combines census data relating to income, home ownership, employment, qualifications, family structure, housing, and access to transport and communications. It provides a deprivation score for each meshblock, NZDep2013 groups deprivation scores into deciles, where 1 represents the areas with the least deprived scores and 10 the areas with the most deprived scores. A value of 10 therefore indicates that a meshblock is in the most deprived 10% of areas in New Zealand. It is important to note that NZDep2013 estimates the relative socioeconomic deprivation of an area, and does not directly relate to individuals.
WHO-5 (World Health Organization Wellbeing Index): questionary designed to assess the level of emotional well-being over a 14-day period; a score above 13 is an indicator of good emotional wellbeing.
To account for biases in the sample design and non-response bias, the data was weighted before reporting. The purpose of weighting was to adjust the sample to represent the overall New Zealand population, using the 2013 Census.
Sport NZ’s Active NZ Survey 2018 provides a point-in-time snapshot of participation in sport and active recreation explored through the lenses of age, gender, ethnicity and deprivation.
Purpose of collection
Sport New Zealand (Sport NZ) is mandated to monitor New Zealanders’ participation in physical activity. One of Sport NZ’s functions is to “promote and advocate the importance of participation in physical activity by all New Zealanders for their health and wellbeing”. This includes targeting specific population groups such as Pacific peoples, women, older New Zealanders and people with disabilities, as well as ensuring sport, recreation and physical activity are culturally appropriate for Māori.
Method of collection/Data provider
This report primarily uses data collected through the Active NZ survey between 5 January 2018 and 4 January 2019 from 5595 young people (aged 5–17) and 25 150 adults (aged 18-plus).
It focuses on:
• how much participation happens in any given week, how many people are participating, and who they are
• how people participate
• how young people allocate their time spent in organised and informal participation
• what motivates participation
• what the barriers are to participation.