Never miss a great news story!
Get instant notifications from Economic Times
AllowNot now


You can switch off notifications anytime using browser settings.
10,817.60-185.9
Stock Analysis, IPO, Mutual Funds, Bonds & More

Popular myth debunked: Playing with smartphones may not harm your child's mental health

Increased digital technology is not related to worsening mental health.

ANI|
Aug 24, 2019, 06.42 PM IST
0Comments
Getty Images
gaming addiction
WASHINGTON DC: Parents believe that using smartphone affects the mental health of their children, but a new study suggested that it is not true.

The study published in the journal 'Clinical Psychological Science' tracked young adolescents on their smartphones to test whether them spending time on screen affected their mental health.

" It may be time for adults to stop arguing over whether smartphones and social media are good or bad for teens' mental health and start figuring out ways to best support them in both their offline and online lives," said Candice Odgers, professor of psychological science at the University of California.

"Contrary to the common belief that smartphones and social media are damaging adolescents' mental health, we don't see much support for the idea that time spent on phones and online is associated with increased risk for mental health problems," co-author Michaeline Jensen said.

For the study, researchers surveyed more than 2,000 youth and then intensively tracked a subsample of nearly 400 teens on their smartphones multiple times a day for two weeks.

Security, Messenger, Artwork: Apps For Parents To Stay Connected With Their Kids

of 7
Next
Prev
Play Slideshow

Super Apps For Superheroes

15 Jun, 2018
When work takes the jet-setting father halfway around the globe, these applications make sure the little one never feels separated. (Text: Rajarshi Bhattacharjee)
Next


Participants in the study were between the age of 10 and 15.

The researchers collected reports of mental health symptoms from the adolescents three times a day and they also reported on their daily technology usage each night.

They asked whether youth who engaged more with digital technologies were more likely to experience later mental health symptoms and whether days that adolescents spent more time using digital technology for a wide range of purposes were also days when mental health problems were more common.

In both these cases, increased digital technology use was not related to worsening mental health.

Teens who reported sending more text messages over the study period actually reported feeling better (less depressed) than teens who were less frequent texters.
Want stories like this in your inbox? Sign up for the daily ET Panache newsletter.

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Also Read

Pakistan province bans smartphones in police stations

Samsung to launch foldable smartphone after major delay

Smartphone sales to ring the softest since note recall

Samsung bounces back, smartphone sales up: Gartner

Growth in Indian smartphone segment to continue: Xiaomi

Comments
Add Your Comments
Commenting feature is disabled in your country/region.
Download The Economic Times News App for Quarterly Results, Latest News in ITR, Business, Share Market, Live Sensex News & More.

Other useful Links


Follow us on


Download et app


Copyright © 2019 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. All rights reserved. For reprint rights: Times Syndication Service