How Much Use Of Technology Is Too Much

How Much Use Of Technology Is Too Much

New Delhi: World-widely, there is a major concern arising now about the harm caused by "too much" screen time. But healthy working is far from easy now. Now a days, Some children and young people are facing some negative experiences on social media - like bullying, or becoming worried about how your appearance compares to others.But, that doesn't mean that technology is harmful at all.

Indeed, on contrary side some studies suggest that using social media can bring benefits, or have no effect on wellbeing at all.

Unicef reports highlighted a 2017 study by my colleagues at the University of Oxford that examined 120,000 UK 15-year-olds. Among those teenagers who were the lightest users, it was found that increasing the time spent using technology was linked to improved wellbeing - possibly because it was important for keeping up friendships. In contrast, among the heaviest users of technology, any increase in time was linked to lower levels of wellbeing.

The researchers suggested that for those teens, technology use might get in the way of taking part in other important activities.

Flipping from having a positive effect to a negative effect was different for each category. For example, a lower well-being is considered who spends for more than two hours of smartphone use on a weekday, and more than four hours on a weekend day.

But, this effect is only predicted 1% of a teenager's wellbeing.

The researchers suggested that the positive effect of regularly eating breakfast, or getting a proper night's sleep, was three times stronger. Overall, the Unicef study suggested that some screen time could be good for children's mental wellbeing. The endurance by physical activities elevates our mental well-being.

Similar trends for technology's effects on wellbeing were found in a another study among large numbers of teenagers in the US. In this study, the researchers warned that negavtive use of social media and technology affects teenage wellbeing.

Dr Twenge recommends less screen time for children. "Half an hour, an hour a day, that seemed to be the sweet spot for teen mental health in terms of electronic devices," she said.

A broader look at evidence provided by some other high quality studies again suggests the story is not clear-cut.

So how much time should we, or our children, spend looking at screens?

It is difficult to be precise as different people spend time online in such different ways. It appears to be the case that much of the debate about social media oversimplifies the reality.

The outcomes depends on so many factors that only very crude predictions are possible. This situation would improve as more research will conducted in the coming years. But for now, we will need to rely on our own judgements to decide about how much time we and our children should spend on social media.

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