Research claims : Teenagers do not have a negative effect on spending more time on social media
The quality of screen time has a greater impact on children (teenagers) than the amount of time they spend. This has been revealed in new research from UC Berkeley.
It said that children and young people need not worry too much if they scroll and post on Instagram, Tiktok, Snapchat, and other social media platforms. How many hours they spend online is such a big problem. The biggest problem is with the quality of their online content viewing and chats.
According to research published in the 'Journal of Research on Adolescence', children or young people who chat with friends and relatives through WhatsApp or play multiplayer online video games are less likely to report loneliness.
Dr. Lucia Magis-Weinberg, the lead author of the research and development scientist at the UC Berkeley Institute of Human Development, said it's more important how you spend your screen time than how much time you spend.
It also shows whether you feel lonely or not. That's why teachers and parents should focus on promoting positive online content instead of reducing screen time.
Research challenging the common belief
Dr. Lucia says the research challenges the common belief that excessive use of social media leaves children vulnerable to loneliness. Loneliness goes away if online content or chat is used positively. Especially when children have no other choice. The study was conducted in April 2020 on students aged 11 to 17 to understand how they behave and interact online in socially isolated situations.