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The relative influence of digital media consumption on youth interests in ecosystem services, sustainability and science as a means for disease prevention : A global retrospective cross-sectional analysis

يناير 27, 2019

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/ Ibrahim Niankara / Muhammadnoor Aladwan

Along with the advantages associated with access to information and fast communication, screen time from increased digital media consumption has recently been associated with adverse effects on youth well-being. To get a clearer picture of its value for global youth based sustainability initiatives, this study investigates the effects of increased digital media consumption on youth's interests in ecosystem services, sustainability and science as a means for disease prevention. We achieve this, using data on 187821 adolescent students from 50 countries worldwide. Methodologically, we rely on a mixed bivariate ordered probit representation of youth's joint interest in the biosphere (ecosystem services and sustainability) and science as a means for disease prevention, which we then estimate using Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) Methods. We found that each level increase in adolescent students' reported frequency of news blogs visit reduces by 21% (with 95% CI [-0.23; -0.19]) and 11% (with 95% CI [-0.12; -0.09]) respectively their interest in the biosphere and in science as a means for disease prevention. Similarly, each level increase in adolescent students' frequency of web-browsing on broad science is found to reduce by 34% (with 95% CI [-0.36; -0.32]) and 26% (with 95% CI [-0.28; -0.24]) respectively their interest in the biosphere and in science as a means for disease prevention. Although a level increase in youth's frequency of ecological website visits also reduces by 20% (with 95% CI [-0.36; -0.32]) their interest in the biosphere, it is found to increase however by 3% (with 95% CI [0.02; 0.05]) their interest science as a means for disease prevention. Our results highlight heterogeneous effects of digital media consumption on adolescents' interest in ecosystem services, sustainability, and science as a means for disease prevention.

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