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Influence of Ambient Air Pollution on Television Use among Residents in Shanghai, China

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Objectives: We examined the impact of ambient air pollution on television use among residents in Shanghai, China. Methods: Device-measured daily average duration of television use from January 2014 to December 2016 was obtained from a random sample of 300 households, and was matched to air pollution and weather data. We used an autoregressive moving-average model to estimate the association between air quality index (AQI) and television use. Results: There was a negative non-linear relationship between air pollution level and television use. Compared to the days when air quality was good (0≤AQI≤50), days with fair air quality (50150) were associated with a reduction in daily average television use by 2.9 (p = .002), 4.6 (p < .001), and 1.9 (p = .369) minutes, respectively. Television use decreased with daytime temperature but increased on weekend days, holidays, and rainy days. Conclusions: Modest but not more severe air pollution was associated with reduced television use. People might mitigate the detrimental impact of air pollution by engaging in other indoor activities and/or sleeping.
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Keywords: AIR POLLUTION; AIR QUALITY INDEX (AQI); AUTOREGRESSIVE MOVING-AVERAGE MODELING; CHINESE HEALTH; TELEVISION WATCHING

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Sports Journalism and Foreign Studies, Shanghai University of Sport, Shanghai, China 2: Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

Publication date: 01 March 2018

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