Smartphones have become an integral part of adolescents’ lives, but a recent study from Hanyang University Medical Center, Korea, suggests that excessive use, surpassing four hours daily, may pose risks to mental health.
The study, analyzing data from over 50,000 adolescents, delved into the correlation between smartphone use and various health measures. Adolescents spending more than four hours daily on smartphones showed higher rates of stress, thoughts of suicide, and substance use compared to those using them for fewer hours.
It’s important to note that the research doesn’t establish a direct cause-and-effect relationship between smartphone use and adverse health outcomes. However, the findings highlight potential concerns, emphasizing the need for guidelines, especially considering the upward trend in daily smartphone usage.
Jin-Hwa Moon and Jong Ho Cha from Hanyang University Medical Center emphasized the impact of using smart devices for over four hours daily on adolescent health. They suggest that these results could play a pivotal role in formulating guidelines and educational programs for responsible media use among adolescents.
As smartphones continue to play a significant role in daily life, understanding their potential effects on mental health becomes crucial, paving the way for informed decisions and proactive measures.