Ex­ces­sive in­ter­net use bad for teenagers’ men­tal health, says new study

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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.

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