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Increased use of technology among young people has often been blamed for mental health concerns but scientists have found this to be a myth.
Oxford researchers found less than one percent of an adolescent's wellbeing (0.4 per cent) is associated with technology use.
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This, they claim, is comparable to the negative impact of wearing glasses and regularly eating potatoes.
Smoking cannabis and being bullied were found to be significantly worse for an individual's mental state than prolonged screen time.
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On average, these were 2.7 times and 4.3 times worse for adolescent mental health than phone and tablet use, respectively.
Adequate amounts of sleep and regularly eating breakfast had a much stronger association with wellbeing than technology use.
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'Our findings demonstrate that screen use itself has at most a tiny association with youth mental health,' says lead researcher Professor Andrew Przybylski of the University of Oxford....
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