London: Loneliness is spreading rapidly among teens, who spend longer and more time online, a new study says.
“In the period of coronovirus, loneliness among adolescents has increased. They look for a sense of belonging to the Internet. Teenagers on the Internet are addicted and at risk of becoming addicted,” Katrina Salmela-ARO of the University of Helsinki he said. .
According to researchers, teenage net use is a double-edged sword – while the results of moderate use are positive, the effects of compulsory use can be harmful. Refers to, among other things, gaming addiction or the constant monitoring of choice on social media and compulsive use to compare others.
For the study published in the journal Child Development, the team included a total of 1,750 participants to investigate harmful Internet use by adolescents. The subjects were studied at three points – aged 16, 17 and 18.
The risk of exposure to problematic Internet use was highest among adolescents aged 16, with the incidence being more common with boys.
Researchers said that for some, the problem persists into adulthood, but for others it becomes easier as they get older.
Reduction in problematic Internet use is often associated with adolescent development where their self-regulation and control improve, their brain adaptations and education-related tasks direct their attention, it added.
Among study participants, compulsive Internet access was a link to depression. Depression predicted problematic Internet use, whereas problematic use further exacerbated depressive symptoms.
Additionally, problematic use was a predictor of poor academic success, which may be associated with the fact that Internet use consumes a significant amount of time and may disrupt adolescent sleep rhythms and recovery, resulting in academic The time available for effort and performance can eat away.