Excessive internet use bad for teenagers’ mental health, says new study
TOO MUCH, TOO BAD!
A report from UK-based Education Policy Institute (EPI) states that teenagers who spend two to three hours a day during a normal school day on social media sites have a higher chance of suffering from mental illnesses than kids who don’t. The EPI study found that, although 12% of kids who spent no time on networking sites during a school day did suffer from mental illnesses, that number soars to 27% for those who do. However, there is no indication that the extra hours was the cause of lower mental health, but most children surveyed complained of anxiety when no internet connection was available. According to the report, extreme ‘net users are also more likely to be bullied as well. Despite this threat, the report does caution parents from tightening a child’s access to the internet as it could prevent kids from learning skills needed to cope with stressful situations.