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    Prolonged phone usage linked to depression among youngsters, Study finds

    From George P

    January 23, 2018

    From News Medical, an online, open-access medical information provider for healthcare professionals, medical researchers and engaged consumers.

    New research conducted at San Diego State University has shown the relationship between adolescent life satisfaction and screen time.

    Excerpt:

    The study, published in the journal Emotion, found that Teenagers who are constantly glued to their smartphones are significantly less happy.

    In order to explore this association, investigators analyzed data from the Monitoring the Future (MtF) longitudinal study—a nationwide representative survey comprising millions of U.S. 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-graders.

    In this survey, the students were asked to answer a questionnaire about the total time spent on their mobiles, computers, and tablets, as well as their direct social interactions and their happiness in general.

    On average, it was found that teenagers who spent an excessive amount of time on screen devices (using social media, playing computer games, video chatting, and messaging) exhibited lower levels of happiness than teenagers who spent more time engaging in non-screen activities such as reading magazines and newspapers, sports, and direct social interactions.

    According to Jean M. Twenge, the lead author and professor of Psychology at San Diego State University, while the current study could not find the exact cause, various other studies have shown that more social media use leads to unhappiness, but unhappiness does not lead to more social media use.

    Having no interaction with digital screen devices also doesn’t lead to happiness. The happiest teenagers used digital media for under an hour per day. However, the findings showed that daily usage of screen devices could gradually increase unhappiness…SNIP

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