World News – GB – Texting can improve children’s mental health, study finds


Posted: 1:59 AM EDT October 12, 2020 | Updated: 2:06 am EDT October 12, 2020

Young people cope better with ups and downs if they can express their feelings to their friends through messaging services such as WhatsApp, study finds

Sharing emotions via text message after a demanding event improved teenagers’ mood, reduced stress levels and slowed their heart rate

University of California research suggests texting may actually be good for children’s mental health (stock photo)

Researchers said texting friends after exams or breakups may be just what teens need to get over them

An estimated 99% of 16-24 year olds in the UK now own a smartphone, up from 66% in 2012

The latest findings, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, contradict a 2019 King’s College London study that found one in four children in the UK have « problematic » levels of smartphone use

Instead, researchers at the University of California at Irvine said: « Much of the current debate has centered on how long young people use smartphones

‘But our results suggest that it should instead focus on how they are used « 

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Problematic smartphone use, mental health, adolescence

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