New Study Says Screen-Addicted Teens Are Unhappy

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It's no surprise that a new study has found that teens who spend too much time on their devices aren't happy about it. At least, it isn't a surprise to parents.

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The study's lead author and professor of psychology at San Diego State University, Jean M. Twenge, surveyed data taken from more than a million 8th, 10th, and 12th graders in the U.S. The teens answered questions about how much time they spend on their devices, as well as questions about their face-to-face social interactions and their overall happiness.

The results showed that teens who are addicted to their phones, tablets, or computers (specifically, social media) are less happy than those who spend more time doing other non-screen related activities, like reading, sports, or having in-person interactions.

Twenge's advice: "The key to digital media use and happiness is limited use. Aim to spend no more than two hours a day on digital media, and try to increase the amount of time you spend seeing friends face-to-face and exercising—two activities reliably linked to greater happiness."

Now you just have to convince your teens to put down their devices. Good luck.

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