New Research Shows Link to Phone Usage and Mental Health Issues

 

We are all aware that young people take their beloved phone everywhere and anywhere they go.

However, there has been some research conducted by Preventive Medicine Reports which shows that young people spending more than seven hours a day on their phones are twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression and anxiety.

The information came from young people whose ages ranged from just two years old to 17 years old and it was collected as part of the Census Bureau’s 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health.

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Excessive phone usage has been linked to mental health problems in children and young adults.

The study’s first author and psychology professor at San Diego State University, Jean Twenge has stated:

“At first I was surprised that the associations were larger for adolescents than for younger children, however, teens spend more time on their phones and on social media, and we know from other research that these activities are more strongly linked to low wellbeing than watching TV and videos, which is most of younger children’s screen time.”

Younger children spent less than seven hours on their phones yet it was estimated that around 20% of older children spent either this amount of time or over everyday.

The survey also found that those who spent a great deal of time on their phones were easily distracted, were less stable emotionally and often had problems finishing tasks.

The study has lead to some parents, as well as teachers and doctors, becoming extremely worried for the wellbeing of their children and their health.

You can read more about the story and what Twenge has to say on the issue here.

 

 

Study Finds One in Three Teenagers Have Mental Health Issues

A recent study, conducted by Action for Children charity, has found that one in three young people suffer from depression, anxiety and the inability to focus on work.

The survey of just under 6,000 people aged between 13 and 18 have reported that they have suffered with negative thoughts that have affected their ability to sleep.

Julia Bentley, Action for Children’s chief executive, has said: “It’s troubling that so many of our young people are dealing with issues of depression and anxiety, and all too often alone.”

British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has announced new plans which will help those to identify and treat children as well as young adults with depression.

A Twitter user has stated their opinion on the situation saying:

School head teacher expresses her issues with social media.

Sally Anne Huang, head teacher at James Allen’s Girls’ school (JAGschool), wants to let her pupils know that she has faced some hard times on social media too.

She wishes to speak about her less than perfect life on social media and how it has affected her.

Twitter user, Alexia Bolton, tweeted her thoughts on the teacher’s way of being comfortable with oneself by tweeting:

Mrs Huang wants to challenge the views that her students, as well as many children all over the world, are exposed to online that show an “impossibly perfect” life.