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.


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.


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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.