Massive Study Finds Excessive Internet And Social Media Usage By Teens Linked To Unhappiness
A massive study of over one million teens found that excessive internet and social media usage was linked to unhappiness. Researchers from San Diego University found a correlation between too much screen time and a rise in unhappiness. In the study, teenagers were asked questions on how much time they spent on their phones, tablets, and computers as well as how many hours they hung out with friends and participated in non-internet activities such as sports. The study discovered that teens who spent excessive time on screens were “markedly unhappier” than those who had a better balance of non-screen activities. However, there is a balance of screen time and other activities that leads to happiness.
“Although this study can’t show causation, several other studies have shown that more social media use leads to unhappiness, but unhappiness does not lead to more social media use,” said professor Jean Twenge, lead author of the study. “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.”