“I think it has consequences that we are not even fully aware of yet” |  Social media and screen time contribute to depression and anxiety in children

“I think it has consequences that we are not even fully aware of yet” | Social media and screen time contribute to depression and anxiety in children

Knoxville, Tenn. — Social networks are now part of our daily lives. However, the use of social media can create negative mental issues, especially in children.

Countless studies show the negative effects of social media on children. This impacts their mental well-being, self-image and causes feelings of loneliness.

Twelve different studies have found a correlation between depression and time spent on social media. But it goes beyond social media: Excessive screen time also contributes to poor mental health.

An Australian study conducted a global analysis of over half a million children aged 13-15.

The study found that more than an hour of screen time per day is detrimental to depression, obesity, poor diet, and diminished physical abilities.

That’s why experts have created the “Wait Until 8th” campaign encouraging parents to wait until the 8th year to give their children a smartphone.

“If the parents bond early on, to talk to each other about ‘Let’s all hold on’ and do this as a group so the kids don’t have that feeling of isolation,” Neece said.

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