Researchers from King’s College London have published findings following a systematic review looking at problematic smartphone usage (PSU) and associated mental health outcomes amongst children and young people. Findings indicate that: 10-30% of children and young people used their smartphones in a dysfunctional way and are demonstrating problematic smartphone use, a pattern of behaviour that mirrors that of a behavioural addiction; a consistent relationship has been demonstrated between PSU and mental health symptoms including depression, anxiety, high levels of stress and poor sleep.
Read the news story: An estimated 1 in 4 children and young people have problematic smartphone usage
Read the journal article: Prevalence of problematic smartphone usage and associated mental health outcomes amongst children and young people: a systematic review, meta-analysis and GRADE of the evidence
Source: King’s College London
Date: 29 November 2019