In contrast to generally held views about the negative impact of using smartphones, researchers have found that adolescents spending time on their phones and online is not that bad for mental heath.
"Contrary to the common belief that smartphones and social media are damaging adolescents' mental health, we don't see much support for the idea that time spent on phones and online is associated with increased risk for mental health problems," said Michaeline Jensen, Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina.
For the study published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, researchers surveyed more than 2 000 adolescents (aged between 10 and 15 years).
The researchers collected reports of mental health symptoms from the adolescents three times a day and also reported on their daily technology usage each night.
They analysed whether youth who engaged more with digital technologies were more likely to experience mental health symptoms but they found that increased digital technology use was not related to worse mental health.