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Excessive television viewing linked to gambling disorders

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Children who watch excessive television are at a greater risk of tobacco use and gambling problems in adulthood, according to a new study from the University of Otago.

The New Zealand research team worked out how television viewing in childhood
was related to the risk of having a substance use disorder later in life.

Dr Helena McAnally said excessive time spent in front of the television between the age of five and 15, may be a risk factor for the development of later disorders.

“People often talk of television viewing as an addiction; this research indicates that, for some
people, television viewing may be an early expression of an addictive disorder or may lead to later substance-related and other addictive disorders.”

The study found for tobacco and gambling, the associations were independent of other potential influences like sex, socioeconomic status, and measures of childhood self-control.

Professor Bob Hancox, who worked on the study, said television time has been linked with a range of poorer choice in adulthood.

“Public health agencies have put great effort into advocating for safer alcohol use and safe sexual practices; similar campaigns could be used to advocate for safe screen use,” he explained.

Professor Hancox added this research is among the first to assess how a common, but potentially addictive behaviour can be linked t substance disorders later in life.

“The study highlights the potential need for guidance on digital health and wellbeing,” he said.

The U.S. Academy of Pediatrics’ has recommended a limit of two hours of screen time per day.

They also encourage parents to avoid using screens as pacifiers, babysitters, or to stop tantrums.

It is also recommended screens are turned out at least 30 minutes before bedtime.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Why the meme-stock frenzy is unlikely to repeat

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GME shares surge 74%, but experts stress a meme-stock frenzy resurgence is unlikely due to fundamental differences in the company’s financial situation.

Australia’s budget unveils a second consecutive surplus of A$9.3 billion, prioritising the critical minerals industry and green energy initiatives to reduce reliance on Chinese supply.

Also, GameStop shares have surged 74%, but experts caution against expecting a repeat of the 2021 meme-stock frenzy. #featured #trending

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Why are airlines after the Biden Administration?

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Major airlines are taking legal action against the Biden administration over a newly implemented rule requiring them to disclose fees upfront.

On this episode of Hot Shots – Major airlines are suing the Biden Administration, AI-piloted fighter jets, SpaceX faces funding challenges, and Apple receives crushing feedback.

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Veronica Dudo discuss. #featured #trending

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The mounting pressure on Government spends

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Questions abound regarding the factors fueling this inflation surge in Australia and whether it correlates with the escalating government expenditures.

Concerns extend to how Chalmers navigates the mounting pressure amid discrepancies in spending allocations.

Moreover, as Australians grapple with the reality of rising living costs, the feasibility of cutting spending becomes a pressing issue. Additionally, amidst economic uncertainties, individuals seek guidance on managing stock market risks effectively. #Featured #Trending

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