Panicking About Your Kids' Phones? New Research Says Don't

Posted in: Child Protection&Online Safety at 19/01/2020 00:06

A growing number of academics are challenging assumptions about the negative effects of social media and smartphones on children.

It has become common wisdom that too much time spent on smartphones and social media is responsible for a recent spike in anxiety, depression and other mental health problems, especially among teenagers.

But a growing number of academic researchers have produced studies that suggest the common wisdom is wrong.

The latest research, published on Friday by two psychology professors, combs through about 40 studies that have examined the link between social media use and both depression and anxiety among adolescents. That link, according to the professors, is small and inconsistent.

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