Nine-year-olds are less inclined to take part in after-school activities, according to the latest 'Growing Up in Ireland' study.
The ESRI says the study compared nine-year-olds from the school year of 2007/08 to nine-year-olds in 2017/18.
Children in 2007 were more likely to play sports every day, compared to children of the same age in 2018.
The study also found eating together as a family every day has become less common, declining from 72% to 67%.
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The number of children with six or more friends has increased from 17% to 25%t in the space of 10 years.
The number of nine-year-olds who own a mobile phone has also gone up.
The research also shows parents are more likely to hold a third-level degree - with the proportion rising from 26% to 39%.