Kids Using Phones Before Sleeping At Night Isn’t Bad For their Health, Claims New Study

5Screentime was beneficial up to a certain point

By testing their Goldilocks theory, they also found that with increased screen time, the teenagers showed an increase in well being upto a certain point. But in excess of that was associated with decreased well being.

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The study also noted that the point in which screen time became harmful for the teenagers was a very high one. They concluded that moderate digital activity will not displace other activities that are necessary for the well being of an adolescent. However they also stated that using smartphones during the weekend could be harmful in the sense that a virtual life prevents humans form enjoying a more rewarding life from social activity that could be experienced in a teenager’s free time.

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6The threshold between bad and good

The study said that there were thresholds that defined the points where moderate becomes overuse to affect well being which was also connected to the type of device involved. Other factors impacting the thresholds were timings of usage such as weekdays or weekends. The study suggested that time should be limited to 1 hour and forty minutes for weekday’s video gaming and 1 hour 57 minutes for weekly smartphone use. It found that video watching and computer usage for recreational purposes wasn’t as harmful. The study speculated that weekdays were associated with less screen time because weekdays were also involved with more social activity in comparison to weekends.

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7According to the lead author

The lead author of the study Dr. Andrew Przybylski of the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford said “previous research has oversimplified the relationship between digital screen time and the mental well-being of teenagers. Overall we found that modern use of digital technology is not intrinsically harmful and may have advantages in a connected world unless digital devices are overused or interfere with schoolwork or afterschool activities. Our research suggests that some connectivity is probably better than none and there are moderate levels that as in the story of Goldilocks are “just right” for young people.’

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8The latest study also made similar claims

While the study was done earlier, the latest study in extension of the same topic was also researched and published again by Doctor Prybylski and his student Amy Orben under the title “Teens and Screens: Evidence from two exploratory and one confirmatory experience sampling studies”. The latest study published in Jan 2019 in the journal Nature Human Behavior, and again in Feb 2019 in the Journal psychological sciences included digital monitors and self-reported numbers.

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