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45% of Teens Say They're Online Almost Constantly!

 

The result are in!

Wow.  Think about it.  Constantly, that means almost always. It means more time than not and it means there's a significant lack of balance with "real life" and "digital life" Although we can't say we're completely shocked, this statistic makes us sad. 

Could more screen time mean less sleep for teens?

A 2015 year sleep study, noted that 41% of teens said they were having "short sleep"  defined as 7 or less hours of sleep per night. The same study was done in 2009, before the prolific increase in screens and teens using them.  The researchers   felt that more screen time played a big part in the 17% increase.

 

Not getting enough sleep, Waking Up Late From Nightime screens

 

6600 kids we're studied on their night time screen use and the quality of their sleep.  Overall, this study shows that night-time SBMD use is significantly associated with adverse sleep outcomes and poorer HRQoL among adolescents. Night-time use of mobile phones in a room with the light on is associated with some adverse sleep outcomes but the magnitude of the association is larger if use occurs in the dark. We recommend that parents, teachers, health professionals and adolescents be made aware of the associations between night-time SBMD use and sleep outcomes, as these may impact on cognitive function and educational attainment. In addition, interventions on healthy screen-based media use should include curtailed use within an hour before bedtime and particularly in darkness.

Could Screen RF and EMF exposure mean lower memory function?

We found preliminary evidence suggesting that RF-EMF may affect brain functions such as figural memory in regions that are most exposed during mobile phone use.  They Swiss researchers noted that the  findings do not provide conclusive evidence of causal effects and should be interpreted with caution until confirmed in other populations.

Teens Who On Their Phones Constantly Are Likely To Become Depressed As Adults

New research studied older teens as they transitioned to adult hood over a 3 year period.  What they found was that kids who we're overly dependent on their phones or over-used their phones or showed signs of being addicted, were what they called "problematic cellphone users". Sounds a lot like someone who would say "I'm on my phone constantly" right? If the kids used their phones a ton they were likely to use them a ton when they became adults--and get depressed.  The researchers concluded,

In sum, problematic cell phone use was fairly stable across the transition from adolescence to emerging adulthood and was associated with depression in the future.

 

 

Are Adults Far behind?

If you're online you're not talking face to face with someone you care about, you're not dancing or hiking or looking at the stars.  Chances are these teens who make up almost half of all US teens aren't doing much of anything In Real Life if they are constantly online. 

So, Obsessed or Addicted?

And chances are they could be addicted to the internet or their screens.  This is where it gets serious.  Addiction, in any of it's forms, never leads to happiness or joy or a magical life.  And, the earlier addiction is dealt with the better. 

You and Your Teens Can Find Out Now

We're thrilled to be able to offer world renowned internet addiction expert Dr. Kimberly Young's Internet Addiction Test.  Results are Instant.

 

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