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Report Blames Mental Health Decline for Those 18–24 Years of Age on Smartphones

By Kathleen McCarthy posted 08-11-2022 12:20


A report released by Sapien Labs indicates that smartphone use could be responsible for an ongoing decline in the mental health of young adults in the 18-24 age range. The report notes that before the internet, by the time someone turned 18, they would have spent “15,000 to 25,000 hours interacting with peers and family in person.” But with the internet, that number has dropped down to a range of 1,500 to 5,000 hours. Prior to 2010, studies showed that young adults had the highest levels of psychological well-being, but since then, the trend has been in the opposite direction, according to The Statesman

SOURCE: Phone Arena, by Alan Friedman, May 14, 2022: