Screen Time, Physical Activity, and Anxiety in Honor's College Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Abstract

The pandemic enabled the study of the effect of screen time on anxiety. The aim of this survey project was to study anxiety, screen time, and exercise in Honors students during COVID-19. 80.9% of respondents met GAD-7 scoring guidelines for anxiety. Average GAD-7 score for High Screen Time was 4.20 points higher than Low Screen Time (p = <.001). Average GAD-7 score for High Exercise was 2.28 points lower than Low Exercise (p = .008). Anxiety and screen time increased in Honors students during COVID-19. Increased screen time was associated with increased anxiety. Exercise was associated with decreased anxiety.

Primary Faculty Mentor Name

Karen C. Westervelt PT, ATC, PhD, NBC-HWC

Status

Undergraduate

Student College

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Program/Major

Health Sciences

Primary Research Category

Health Sciences

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Screen Time, Physical Activity, and Anxiety in Honor's College Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The pandemic enabled the study of the effect of screen time on anxiety. The aim of this survey project was to study anxiety, screen time, and exercise in Honors students during COVID-19. 80.9% of respondents met GAD-7 scoring guidelines for anxiety. Average GAD-7 score for High Screen Time was 4.20 points higher than Low Screen Time (p = <.001). Average GAD-7 score for High Exercise was 2.28 points lower than Low Exercise (p = .008). Anxiety and screen time increased in Honors students during COVID-19. Increased screen time was associated with increased anxiety. Exercise was associated with decreased anxiety.