The use of mobile phones by teenagers late at night Harmful to their Mental Health and possibly their sleep, researchers say, recommending that limits be placed on the use of electronic devices in the bedroom.
A diachronic study in 1,101 pupils aged 13 to 16 years in Australia found a connection to late-night mobile use with low-quality sleep and mental health deterioration such as depressive tendencies, decreased self-esteem, and problem-solving ability.
The head of research, Lynette Vernon of Murdoch University in Perth, said her findings were proof of the need to limit the use of smartphones by teenagers in their bedrooms. Teens who use their phones as an alarm clock should replace them with clocks in order to have practical limits and less temptation for their use, he said.
The scientist said cell phones have been established in the lives of young people and many of them have no restrictions on their use. He also pointed out an international survey that found that about 80% of young people had access to a mobile phone.
Although the connection between smartphone use at night and sleep, as well as between sleep and well-being, has been proven in earlier surveys, this was the first study to evaluate all three together.
"It is important to have research that transfers data to parents and educators who probably have not fully understood the degree of use by children. If you see that your child is going to school worse, do not put it in teenage years - maybe it's because he does not sleep enough in the evening, "Vernon said.
Education is the best prevention, Vernon said, and it is more effective if it starts before children get their first cell phone. "As a teenage mother, I think you have to negotiate their use early on."
Parents should also be a good example of using the phone: "When children are seven to ten, you should be a model - leaving the cell outside the bedroom every night, normalizing the practice and making it easier for you to work future".