"Everything that is too sick" seems to be a proverb that does not apply in the case of smartphones and a new investigation can be an example of this. An systematic analysis published in late November identified a problematic use of mobile phones (PSU) in one in four children and young people, which can have effects on mental health.
Defining PSU as the use of smartphones associated with at least one element of dysfunctional use, such as anxiety when the user does not have access to the mobile phone, the researchers established relationships of this addiction with various mental health problems. According to the assessment, 23% of young people used smartphones in a problematic way, for example being anxious that they could not use their phones.
Problematic use of mobile phones may be associated with a higher likelihood of depression, anxiety, stress and poor sleep quality.
Cited by BBC News, researcher Nicola Kalk of the King's College London Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, speaks of a "need for public awareness of smartphone use by children and young people" at a time when parents should be aware of how much time they spend. the children with the phones. ” “Smartphones are here to stay, so you need to understand the prevalence of their problematic use,” he adds.
Conducted from the analysis of 41 studies conducted between 2011 and 2017 involving 42,000 young people, the research aimed to analyze the prevalence of USP and the association with mental health problems. Still, researchers consider that further studies are needed to determine the boundary between beneficial and harmful use of technology to devise strategies to reduce health risks.