A recent study issued by the University of Oxford in Britain revealed that there is no link between the use of technology and problems Mental health Adolescents, as it was conducted on more than 430,000 young people between the ages of 10 and 15, using data collected over a 28-year period.
According to what was published by the BBC website, the study compared watching television, using social media, and using devices with feelings of depression, suicidal tendencies and behavioral problems. It did not find any noticeable changes over time..
The Oxford Internet University team noticed a slight rise in emotional issues and social media use. In addition, depression became less associated with social media use and TV watching.
Professor Andrew Przybylski, co-author of the study, said: “We are not saying that fewer happy people are using more social media, but rather that the connection is not getting stronger, and we could not distinguish between the impact of social media and mental health in 2010 and 2019 “.
Professor Przybylski described the result as a warning to technology regulators and law-makers who may choose to focus on common beliefs about the harmful effects of technology on young people’s mental health when developing new policies..
The data for the Oxford study came from surveys conducted in the United States and the United Kingdom between 1991 and 2019, a period during which they rapidly developed the type of technology that young people prefer and the amount of time they spend in it.