Oxford study finds no link between technology use and mental health issues

Oxford study finds no link between technology use and mental health issues
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A new study suggests that there remains little association between technology use and mental-health problems.

The study was conducted on more than 4,30,000 of 10 to 15-year age groups.

The Oxford Internet Institute took a handful of activities and compared them with one another.

Such as TV viewing, social media and device use while linking these with feelings of depression, suicidal tendencies and behavioural problems.

The findings show a small drop in association between depression and social-media use and TV viewing, from 1991 to 2019.

However, a small rise could be seen between emotional issues and social-media use. According to the co-author Prof Andrew Przybylski, we couldn’t tell the difference between social media impact and mental health in 2010 and 2019.

“We’re not saying that fewer happy people use more social media.”We’re saying that the connection is not getting stronger.”

This study may be seen as a warning to those focusing on commonly held beliefs about the harmful effects of technology on young people’s mental health.

Participants from the US and UK, graded their own feelings. They were using set questions with sliding scale responses.

Technology Use and its impact on mental health

Since most studies so far have been linking more of technology use with mental health issues. This new study goes against the prevalent notions.

Yet we can not deny the importance of outdoor games, exercises and physical activity. These keep our bodies healthier and help calm our minds at the same time.

But after t he pandemic there has been a surge in online watching. Therefore, this study holds water and should be read in a much broader context.

Technology or any advancement for that matter should be seen with an optimistic perspective. Because at the end of the day, they are here to make our lives easier.

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