There remains “little association” between technology use and mental-health problems, a study of more than 430,000 10 to 15-year-olds suggests.
The Oxford Internet Institute compared TV viewing, social-media and device use with feelings of depression, suicidal tendencies and behavioural problems.
It found a small drop in association between depression and social-media use and TV viewing, from 1991 to 2019,
There was a small rise in that between emotional issues and social-media use.
“We couldn’t tell the difference between social-media impact and mental health in 2010 and 2019,” study co-author Prof Andrew Przybylski. said.
“We’re not saying that fewer happy people use more social media.
“We’re saying that the connection is not getting stronger.”
And this was a warning to regulators and lawmakers focusing on commonly held beliefs about the harmful effects of technology on young people’s mental health.
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