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Forensic Research & Criminology International Journal

Mini Review Volume 12 Issue 2

Effects of screen time on the social well-being of adolescents

Hafsat Danmaisoro, Ashraf Mozayani

Department of Administration of Justice, Texas Southern University, Houston Texas

Correspondence: Hafsat Danmaisoro, MA, Department of Administration of Justice, Texas Southern University, Houston Texas, USA

Received: May 08, 2024 | Published: June 7, 2024

Citation: Danmaisoro H, Mozayani A. Effects of screen time on the social well-being of adolescents. Forensic Res Criminol Int J. 2024;12(2):155-157. DOI: 10.15406/frcij.2024.12.00412

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Abstract

This study specifically examines if adolescents' use of digital screens, including smartphones, tablets, and computers, affects their health and happiness. The aim is to provide stakeholders such as teachers, parents, and lawmakers with a comprehensive understanding of this issue. The study conducted a thorough review of secondary data, including studies published between January 2019 and June 2021, focusing on adolescents' screen time, social relationships, and mental health. The results highlight the importance of social networks in adolescents' screen time and the complex relationship between the amounts of time spent on screens, their purpose, and their mental health effects. The study offers practical suggestions that can guide lawmakers in developing customized programs to promote healthy media use among adolescents and enhance their overall health in the digital age.

Keywords: screen time, juvenile, wellbeing, social dynamics, health, policy implications, benefits

Introduction

The increasing prevalence of digital devices in daily life has raised concerns regarding the impact of screen time on the social well-being of adolescents. The period from 2017 to 2023 has seen a growing body of research dedicated to understanding the nuances of this relationship. In the twenty first century, adolescents are more drawn towards screen activities such as playing computer games and using social networks online. However, this trend has raised concerns among parents, teachers, and healthcare professionals about the impact it can have on adolescents' life and health. According to Priftis, etal.,1 as this trend continues, it is becoming increasingly important to address the issue. The rise of smartphones, tablets, and computers has made it easier for adolescents to access digital information, but it is competing with their hobbies, sports, and social interactions in person, as highlighted by Maria et al.2 As a result, health issues for adolescents and the effects of screen addiction are now at the forefront of political and academic discussions. The advent of digital technology has brought the issue of screen time to the forefront of public and academic discourse, particularly regarding its effects on the social well-being of adolescents. Screen time, defined as the duration of exposure to digital devices such as smartphones, tablets, computers, and televisions, has become integral to the daily lives of young people, influencing various aspects of their development and health. While there are benefits to the connectivity and access to information afforded by these technologies, there is growing concern about the implications of excessive screen use for the mental health and social well-being of adolescents.

Key studies have explored the relationship between screen time and well-being, with findings indicating both beneficial and detrimental effects. The mental health of adolescents, a population already vulnerable to mood fluctuations and psychological stress, appears to be sensitive to the influences of screen time. Excessive use has been linked to depressive symptoms, anxiety, and feelings of social isolation. Yet, moderate engagement with digital technology is suggested to be crucial for social integration, given its role in contemporary adolescent socialization and communication. The rapid advancement of digital technology has significantly altered the landscape of daily activities, particularly among adolescents. The increased accessibility to digital devices has led to heightened screen time, which has become a subject of extensive research concerning its impact on the social well-being of adolescents.

Methods

A comprehensive search was conducted across multiple databases, including PsycINFO, PubMe