NATIONWIDE (ABC) – A study has found that technology use may bring out attention and behavior problems in some teens and appears to help adolescents experiencing depression or anxiety.
Duke University researchers studied more than 150, eleven to 15-year-olds, who were at risk for mental health problems.
They were surveyed three times a day for a month about their digital device use. The more these teens used their smartphones, tablets or computers. The more likely they were to have behavior problems such as fighting or lying or attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder symptoms.
The study did not determine whether high levels of technology use were a marker of elevated same-day mental health problems or if the use of technology made existing symptoms worse.
Further research is needed to see why the link between the amount certain teens use technology affects their mental health.
The findings appear in the journal “Child Development.”