Health Desk—May 5, 2017: A new study wants that excessive use of smartphone and other devices may lead to attention, behaviour and self-regulation problems for adolescents already at risk for mental health issues.
Lead author of the study Madeleine George from Duke University in Durham said, “Also, on days at-risk adolescents use technology more, they experience more conduct problems and higher ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) symptoms compared to days they use technology less.”
The research looked at associations between adolescents’ mental health symptoms and how much time they spent each day texting, using social media and using the internet.
The study also found that young adolescents who spent more time online experienced increases in conduct problems and problems with self-regulation— the ability to control one’s behavior and emotions — 18 months later.
However, the study also found that using technology was linked to some positive outcomes. On days when adolescents spent more time using digital technologies they were less likely to report symptoms of depression and anxiety.
The research was published in the journal Child Development.