In one article I talked about how South African kids are glued to screens and in another one I talked about the influence of video games on cognitive and noncognitive skills. In this one I want to look at whether digital engagement has reliable, measurable, and substantial associations with the psychological well-being of young people.
In this article I am looking at study by Amy Orben and Andrew K. Przybylski.
The study consists of three nationally representative large-scale data sets from Ireland, the United States, and the United Kingdom and also included time-use-diary measures of digital-screen engagement.
The researchers used exploratory and confirmatory study designs to introduce methodological and analytical improvements to a growing psychological research area.
The study found little substantive statistically significant and negative associations between digital screen engagement and well-being in adolescents.
This study was also one of the first to examine whether digital screen engagement before bedtime is especially detrimental to adolescent psychological well being. Public opinion seems to be that using digital screens immediately before bed may be more harmful for teens than screen time spread throughout the day. Our exploratory and confirmatory analyses provided very mixed effects: Some were negative, while others were positive or inconclusive. Our study therefore suggests that technology use before bedtime might not be inherently harmful to psychological well-being, even though this is a well-worn idea both in the media and in public debates.(Orben & Przybylski, 2019)
It was evident from the study that future studies should form strong basis on large-scale data and other metrics and methods to better under this association as innovation grows and young people becoming more connected to technology.