Needless to say, such an impressive level of expertise doesn't come out of nowhere. Accordingly, Danish children and adolescents were found to spend the most time in front of a computer, tablet, smartphone or TV among their European peers in a study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Naturally enough, these habits have prompted concern among the pre-digital generation of Danes. Mette Rasmussen, an associate professor at the National Institute of Public Health, is concerned by the fact that young people in Denmark spend most of their time surfing the web or playing online games. According to her, an increasing number of children are suffering from headaches and must see a physiotherapist simply because they don't get enough exercise.
"When children are inactive this early in life, it becomes progressively harder to become active later on," Mette Rasmussen told Danish Radio, venturing that a lot of activity is needed to compensate for the hours spent in front of the screen from a purely medical point of view.
On the other hand, the advent of the internet has certainly made the Danish Crime Prevention Council (DKR) cheer, since young people spend most of their time online instead of getting into trouble in the real world. According to the latest analysis by DKR, youth crime in Denmark has been declining since 2005 before reaching the lowest level ever recorded, Danish newspaper Politiken reported. The most significant decline was registered in the number of 14 to 15-year-olds who commit crimes like theft, violence and vandalism.
DKR analyst Rannva Møller Thomsen hailed the decrease in youth criminality and substance abuse, but at the same time stressed the alarming shift among young Danes towards the virtual world.
During the same period, the number of underage patients suffering from headaches and migraines tripled in Denmark. Hanne Johannsen, the chairwoman of the Danish Migraine and Headache Society, blamed the increase on the children's lifestyle, which involves long periods with heads bowed in front of a computer or tablet, Danish Radio reported.
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