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

9The study involved 17,000 teens

17000 teens were also checked for mental health, social functioning, symptoms of depression, self-esteem as well as mood. The research also went on to found out that the link between digital connectivity and mental well being was a weak one even when the devices were overused. Unlike earlier studies, this particular study focused only on adolescents in US UK and Ireland. It found that using a screen device 1 hour, 2 hours or 30 minutes before bed didn’t seem to have any concrete consequences.

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10Little evidence against claim that screentime affects health

Co-author Orben, researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII). said “Implementing best practice statistical and methodological techniques we found little evidence for substantial negative associations between digital-screen engagement and adolescent well-being, because technologies are embedded in our social and professional lives, research concerning digital-screen use and its effects on adolescent well-being is under increasing scrutiny.”

“To retain influence and trust, robust and transparent research practices will need to become the norm-not the exception. We hope our approach will set a new baseline for new research on the psychological study of technology.”

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11Opinion: it is the content that may be more harmful rather than the device

So there we have it. Earlier scientists have said that children using cellphones before sleeping would face difficulties in sleep patterns. The blue light emitted had an adverse effect on melatonin production. Even the National sleep foundation speaks of the damage of cellphone usage before bed. However, this study seems to counteract such a statement. But what we can conclude however that moderate usage of cellphones isn’t is going to harm your kids. Moreover, in today’s world of fast-paced news, it is the content rather than the device which matters most.

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