Many recent studies claim that technology is more harmful to children, and the time they spend on gadgets is related to the deterioration of their mental health. But a new study shows that there is almost no correlation between the use of technology and mental health problems in adolescents. It also questioned a recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO) starting in 2019 that children under five should not stay in front of the screen for more than one hour a day.
The study conducted by the University of Oxford said that they found “evidence that there has been an increase in the link between youth technology investment and mental health.” The researchers participated in the study of more than 430,000 adolescents from the United Kingdom and the United States, and used a timeline dating back to 1991. Comparing mental health indicators (such as depression and emotional problems) with TV watching, social media use, and device use, in fact, it was found that there was little correlation between TV and social media use and depression.
This contradicts a 2017 study that warned that depression and suicidal tendencies are increasing among American children who spend more time on social media. Other studies have also raised this question from time to time.
This has also put into question a WHO recommendation from 2019 that says that children under five must spend less time in front of the screen (less the better) and have more time to actively participate The game grows healthily.
Researchers at the University of Oxford say that the results of their research do not support the usual argument that social media and devices are harmful to young people.
However, despite the surprise of this study, one of its senior authors, Professor Andy Przybylski, told Forbes that any clear conclusions about the impact of technology use on mental health are now drawn. It’s too early. Przybylski urged the technical department to release its data for “neutral and independent investigation” in order to increase the transparency of the issue.
The scope of the research is limited to assessing the time it takes to use the technology, not how it is used. Its reliance on self-reporting can also make it easy to draw wrong conclusions.