Using a cell phone for two hours a day may LOWER risk of mental health ... trends now
Using your cell phone for a couple of hours a day may lower the risk of mental health problems, a study has suggested.
Researchers from Hanyang University in Korea found that people aged 13 to 18 who used their phone for less than two hours a day had a lower risk of depression, sleep issues, stress, suicidal thoughts and alcohol addiction than their peers who did not use one at all.
But over four hours of phone time was associated with up to a 22 percent risk of those health problems.
While most research has shown that excessive screen time can be detrimental to our wellbeing, the researchers say their findings show that small amounts can be 'beneficial' when it comes to phone use in young adulthood.
They say some is good for social purposes, which helps fight loneliness and isolation. But too much may be a sign of unhappiness in other parts of people's lives, as unhappy people may be more likely to .
Researchers from Hanyang University in Korea found that teens who used their phone for one to two hours a day had fewer problems than young adults who did not use a smartphone at all
'One to two hours of usage time was protective against suicide attempts... From our results, using smartphones for less than two hours a day even seems beneficial for mental health outcomes compared to non-use,' the researchers said.
'Our study showed that adverse effects of health outcomes