Teens who spend more time watching TV, talking on mobile phones, and using social media are more likely to consume sugared and caffeinated drinks.
A study published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE found that while average teens consumed less soda and energy drinks between 2013 and 2016, those with more screen time consumed more soda and energy drinks than those with less screen time.
According to the study, each hour of watching TV per day was associated with a 32 percent higher chance of exceeding the sugar intake limit and a 28 percent higher chance of exceeding the caffeine intake limit recommended by the World Health Organization.
Each hour per day talking on the phone was associated with a 14 percent higher chance of exceeding the recommended sugar intake and 18 percent higher chance of exceeding the recommended caffeine intake.
On the other hand, computer use for school was associated with a lower chance of exceeding sugar intake recommendations.
Counseling and health promotions for teens could help address these behaviors and reduce sugar and caffeine intake from sodas and energy drinks.