Effects of Technology on Mental Health
By Andrew Parker - November 20, 2022

The usage of technology is always growing in our ever-changing environment. It has an impact on all aspects of our life, including our capacity for interpersonal communication and our ability to quickly acquire information. We have, sadly, also observed a variety of detrimental consequences of technology on mental health.

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Although technology has made it easier for people to obtain information, assistance, and support, there are serious concerns connected to its rising usage. With technology becoming increasingly commonplace in kids’ lives, it’s critical to consider when kids should obtain a phone because early phone use can have long-lasting repercussions.

Particularly, it has been found that children and teenagers who spend more time on screens and utilize social media have more mental health issues overall. The negative impacts of technology on kids and teenagers can affect their social skills and overall development, as well as be related to a variety of other later problems. Internet addiction is becoming a prevalent problem, according to research, especially among younger age groups like teens. It has been connected to symptoms including despair, poor self-esteem, and loneliness, which frequently lead to mental diseases that can be diagnosed and exacerbate pre existing problems.

Generally, research demonstrates that greater levels of screen usage in children and adolescents are linked to decreased physical activity, an increased risk of depression, and worse well-being. This is true for both physical and mental health outcomes. Unfortunately, the negative impacts of technology on children and young people are not only becoming more widespread; they have also shown to be long-lasting. For context, consider that 50% of instances of lifelong mental illness begin by the age of 14, and 75% by the age of 24. In light of this, it’s crucial to take preventative measures to lessen possible risk factors for our kids, particularly their access to technology. These measures may include setting parental controls to restrict how much time your kids may spend watching TV or using a mobile device. It’s crucial to consider the long-term effects that a child’s exposure to technology and social media may have.