Oxford research suggests screen use has little effect on teen mental health

Tue 15 January 19

The negative impact of technology use on teen mental health has been found to be as insignificant as any adverse effects of teens regularly eating potatoes. Researchers from Oxford University found technology use has a miniscule negative influence on teen mental health, with just 0.4 per cent of adolescent wellbeing related to screen use. Researchers examined data from more than 300,000 teens and parents across the UK and US, using longitudinal study results to extract information for their research. “Our findings demonstrate that screen use itself has at most a tiny association with youth mental health,” lead researcher and Oxford Internet Institute director Professor Andrew Przybylski said. “The 0.4 per cent contribution of screen use on young people’s mental health Click here to continue reading.

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