According to the British newspaper, the Daily Mail, the Oxford University study team used data from 3 large surveys to look at the lifestyle of more than 400,000 people.
Young man in the UK and US, exploring the links between technology use, especially social media, and mental health problems, such as behavior issues, depression, and suicidal tendencies.
The researchers found that the relationship between technology and mental health problems was “very limited”, and that using social media “was no more harmful” to the mind than watching television.
However, they found a link between emotional problems and social media, noting that “young people often use these means in search of peer support.”
The study’s lead author, Dr. Matt Faure, likened fear of social media to warnings of “children developing (square eyes) syndrome if they watch a lot of television, or warning that the radio encourages teenagers to commit crimes.”
Fore pointed out that these warnings are not supported by conclusive evidence, stressing that the use of technology “has not become more harmful with the passage of time.” “The argument that rapid changes in social media platforms and devices in the past decade have made them more harmful to adolescents’ mental health is unfounded and unsupported by any scientific data,” he added.
The results of the study are published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.
This study comes months after the publication of another study conducted by the Institute of Educational Policy and the Prince Charles Foundation, which confirmed that the mental health of adolescents is affected by the heavy use of social media, as it said that these means stimulate feelings of despair, depression and lack of self-esteem.