Moderate time online may be ‘just right’ for teen mental health, study finds

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A recent study has found moderate time spent online may be better for the mental well-being of teenagers compared to high or even low usage. (Pexels)


(Michael Lee/ CTV News) — Not too little, not too much, but just right.

That middle ground is what researchers say offers adolescents the most optimal well-being when it comes to time spent online.

A recent study of thousands of Irish teenagers found both low and high engagement with digital media compared to their peers was associated with poorer mental health.

Instead, researchers suggest moderate levels of use is “not intrinsically harmful,” a finding that supports what is known as the “Goldilocks” theory.

The study, from the department of sociology at Trinity College Dublin, was published in the journal Computers in Human Behaviour. (…)

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