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Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? All screen activities are linked to less happiness...

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Started by Tessa Gray 11 Aug 2017 3:47pm () Replies (1)

The following was shared with me by Jedd Bartlett

This article in The Atlantic describes some significant research findings for anyone with young children, or involved in education. 

Smartphone use


Some examples:

"Teens who spend more time than average on screen activities are more likely to be unhappy, and those who spend more time than average on nonscreen activities are more likely to be happy. There’s not a single exception. All screen activities are linked to less happiness, and all nonscreen activities are linked to more happiness. "

"The more time teens spend looking at screens, the more likely they are to report symptoms of depression. Eighth-graders who are heavy users of social media increase their risk of depression by 27 percent."

"What’s at stake isn’t just how kids experience adolescence. The constant presence of smartphones is likely to affect them well into adulthood. Among people who suffer an episode of depression, at least half become depressed again later in life."

I know teens who are online more than 6 hours a day, in some cases, heading towards 12+ hours a day. What does this mean for them and what about those teens struggling with mental health issues or conditions like aspergers?

If this is a risk, how can we address this? What messages need to be shared with parents and whānau?

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