A U.S. study published in the journal Preventive Medicine Reports maintains that after just one hour of screen time, children and adolescents may exhibit less curiosity, lower self-control and reduced emotional stability. Nursery school children who used screens frequently were twice as likely to lose their temper.
The studies’ authors, Professor Jean Twenge, of San Diego State University and Professor Keith Campbell of the University of Georgia, are quoted as saying that half of mental health problems develop by adolescence. And, both suggest that teachers and parents establish strict guidelines concerning the amount of time spent on social media particularly as it relates to young individuals.
A Startling Fact But Not Surprising:
The National Institute of Health claims that young people can spend an average of five to seven hours mesmorized by their screens daily.
According to a Pew Research study, 60% of teens—those between the ages of 13 to 17—say that spending too much time online is a “major” problem facing their age group,
More than half of teens (54%) say they spend too much time on their cell phones, and 41% say they overdo it on social media. Pew’s latest research suggests that teens are self aware of the problem but many are unable to rein themselves in.
Source: Gary R’nel
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