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Digital screen time has minimal impact on adolescent's mental well being: Study

ANI | Updated: Apr 05, 2019 17:15 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], Apr 5 (ANI): The much-hyped notion that watching TV or being in front of mobile screens before bedtime impacts the well being has shown little evidence in a recent study published in the journal ‘Psychological Science’.
"Implementing best practice statistical and methodological techniques we found little evidence for substantial negative associations between digital-screen engagement and adolescent well-being," said Amy Orben, Researcher.
The researchers collected data from more than 17,000 teenagers. It came out that an adolescent’s total screen time per day had a minimal impact on their mental well being, both on weekdays and weekends.
Also, the study pointed out that the use of 1 hour, 2 hours or even 30 minutes before bedtime didn’t have a clear association with a deteriorating overall well being.
"Because technologies are embedded in our social and professional lives, research concerning digital-screen use and its effects on adolescent well-being are under increasing scrutiny," said Orben. (ANI)