(Natural News) According to a recent study, teenagers who spend too much time on their smartphones are unhappier.Scientists from San Diego State University (SDSU) advised teenagers to spend less than two hours daily on digital media so they can “boost their happiness and self-esteem.” This means minimizing time spent playing computer games, on social media, texting, or video chatting.The researchers believe that adolescents could be happier if they started exercising more and met their friends face-to-face.In the study, the researchers determined that teenagers who are on digital media most of the time were unhappier compared to adolescents who were more active and spent more time on “non-screen activities like sports, reading newspapers and magazines, and in-the-flesh interactions.” They added that screen time was influencing unhappiness rather than making teenagers happier.Professor Jean Twenge, the study’s lead author, shares that while the study “can’t show causation,” earlier studies have confirmed that being more active on social media can cause unhappiness. However, unhappiness doesn’t always cause increased social media use.A reasonable balance between digital media use and happiness can be maintained with limited screen time. Professor Twenge adds that spending less than two hours daily on social media will benefit teenagers in the long run. Spending… Read full this story
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