Kids : Smartphones, tablets causing mental health issues in Children

Smartphones, tablets causing mental health issues

Scientists warn that children under the age of two are experiencing mental health problems due to smartphones and tablets.

Staring at the screen for just an hour a day is enough to make your child more likely to feel anxious or depressed.

The Daily Mail reports that this may make them less curious, lack the ability to complete tasks, be emotionally unstable and reduce their ability to control themselves.

Limiting your kids' screentime could do their mental health a world of good. Photo / 123RF
Limiting your kids’ screentime could do their mental health a world of good.

Although adolescents are most at risk from damaged equipment, the brains of children and toddlers under 10 years of age are also affected.

But research shows that “zombie” children spend nearly five hours staring at electronic devices every day.

Researchers at San Diego State University and the University of Georgia say time spent on smartphones is a serious but avoidable cause of mental health problems.

“Half of the mental health problems are caused by adolescence,” said Professor Jean Twenge and Professor Keith Campbell. “It is necessary because most people have a difficult or impossible time to be affected. Identify factors related to [potentially changing] mental health in this population. [How adolescents] spend leisure time [easier]. ”

Parents and teachers must reduce the time children spend online or watching TV while studying, socializing, eating, and even participating in sports.

Professor Twenge said her study is the largest of its kind, and it supports the screen examination time limit set by the American Academy of Pediatrics — one hour per day for children 2 to 5 years old.

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She added that it also showed that similar restrictions (possibly two hours) should apply to school-age children and adolescents.

Researchers analyzed data provided by parents of more than 40,000 children aged 2 to 17 years across the country in 2016 to conduct a national health survey. The questionnaire asked about adolescents’ health care, any emotional, developmental or behavioral issues, and their daily screening time.

Adolescents who spend more than seven hours on the screen each day are twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety or depression as an hour. Studies have found that the link between showtime and happiness in adolescents is stronger than in young children.

Professor Twenge said: “At first, I was surprised that teens were getting more connected. But teens are spending more time on mobile phones and social media, and we know from other studies that these activities are related to Low happiness is closely related to watching television and videos, which is a large part of the showtime for young children. ”

Compared to one hour a day, even moderate use for four hours can reduce mental health.

Pre-schoolers (or under 5) with high usage rates are twice as likely to lose their temper-they are 46% more likely to fail to calm down when excited.

Four-tenths (42.2%) of children between the ages of 14 and 17 who spend more than seven hours a day on the screen do not complete the task.

About one in ten (9%) of children between the ages of 11 and 13 who spend an hour watching the screen every day is not curious or interested in new things.

Professors wrote in the Preventive Medicine Report that they were particularly interested in the link between screening time and the diagnosis of anxiety and depression in adolescents, but have not yet studied it in detail.

“Previous research on the association between screen time and mental health between children and adolescents has been contradictory, which has led some researchers to question the screen time limit proposed by physician organizations,” they said.

The National Institutes of Health estimates that children and adolescents typically spend an average of five to seven hours on the screen during their free time. There is growing evidence that this has adverse effects on health.

This year, the World Health Organization decided to include game disorders in the 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases.

In December 2017, a team of researchers at the University of Oxford found that the average daily screening time of British “ zombie ” children has jumped from less than 3 hours to a generation of 4 hours and 45 minutes.

Experts warn that “addicted” children run the risk of insomnia, obesity, and becoming victims of cyberbullying, while losing valuable social skills due to a lack of face-to-face communication.

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