It seems smartphones are actually making teenagers lonelier than they used to be. San Diego State University researchers found that by 2018, 33-percent of UK teens, ages 15 and 16, reported feeling isolated. That’s way up (triple!) from 10-percent, who said the same in 2000.
Study authors note that social media, in particular, is having a negative effect on teens, as it may heighten feelings of missing out (FOMO – Fear Of Missing Out), or lead to cyberbullying.
Researchers note that negative feelings increased more among girls than boys, over the course of the study; and that adolescent well-being “began to decline after 2012, in conjunction with the rise of smartphone access.”
Pandemic lockdown isolation at home sure didn’t help.
Still, while there’s a strong correlation between smartphones and loneliness, the study could not prove smartphone use causes loneliness. It sure seems to aggravate it to serious levels.
Learn more, here: (Daily Mail)