Teens 'not damaged by screen time', study finds - real point is there is little evidence of any link
There is little evidence of a link between the amount of time teenagers spend on devices and their general wellbeing, a study has suggested. It counters claims that teenagers' mental and physical health could be damaged by excessive screen time.
Even just before bedtime, being online, gaming or watching TV is not damaging to young people's mental health, study authors said.
They questioned the methodology of previous studies.
"While psychological science can be a powerful tool for understanding the link between screen use and adolescent wellbeing, it still routinely fails to supply stakeholders and the public with high-quality, transparent and objective investigations into growing concerns about digital technologies," said Professor Andrew Przybylski, Director of Research at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) and co-author of the study.
The Oxford University study used data from three countries - the UK, US and Ireland - and 17,000 adolescents, and used both self-reporting and time-diary techniques (which ask teens to record what they are doing at specific times of day).
This data was not collected by the authors but culled from previous studies, dated between 2011 and 2016.
I've always suspected this like we have seen before with fears created about eating food higher in fat or cholesterol (both disproven), people dying from dehydration in marathons (it was overhydration), and I'm suspecting the same from 5G radio fears. Humans seem to have this thing about connecting two dots where there is no clear path but it looks like it "could make sense".