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