Parents will be concerned because it is what parents do. However, according to Dr. Matti Vuorre of the Oxford Internet Institute, the data base for a negative influence of technology on teenagers’ mental health is minimal.
It is widely assumed that new technology, particularly social media, is to blame for young people’s poor mental health and a variety of other social issues. However, such worries are not new, and they are not well supported by existing data.
It should be mentioned that this study does not imply that sitting in front of a computer for long periods of time or using social media excessively would make you happy. In actuality, as a result of increased social media usage, most users are unable to cope with real-life events and retain productivity in their lives.
This has an effect on the user’s eyes as well, as excessive screen time causes visual problems, eye watering, and discomfort. This can be addressed by implementing a “digital wellness” approach that emphasizes screen time and smartphone usage reduction. Similar apps from Apple and Google track how much time is spent on a smartphone and provide daily statistics.
“We’re not proposing that people who aren’t happy use more social media; we’re implying that the link isn’t strengthening. Professor Andrew Przybylski, research co-author, adds, “We couldn’t say the difference between the effect of social media on mental wellbeing in 2010 and 2019.”
This study looked at data from 430,000 youths collected over a 28-year period.