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Despite popular belief, screen use does not have a negative effect on teens’ wellbeing. This, from researchers at the Oxford Internet Institute.

Researchers analyzed data from over 17,000 teens, including total screen time per day, depression symptoms, self-esteem, and mood. Researchers relied on self-reported measures as well as information provided by teens’ caregivers.

They concluded that screen use had little impact on adolescent mental health. This goes for time spent online, watching TV, and gaming.

Researchers note that screen time among teens is under intense scrutiny. However, there is not substantial evidence that supports the belief that screen use in adolescence is harmful.


Association for Psychological Science. (2019, April 5). Screen time — even before bed — has little impact on teen well-being. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 10, 2019 from

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett is a staff writer at Thriveworks. She devotes herself to distributing important information about mental health and wellbeing, writing mental health news and self-improvement tips daily. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism, with minors in professional writing and leadership from Virginia Tech. She is a co-author of Leaving Depression Behind: An Interactive, Choose Your Path Book and has published content on Thought Catalog, Odyssey, and The Traveling Parent.

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