Washington: Teenagers who are habitually glued to their smartphones are more likely to be unhappier than their peers, a study has found. Researchers from the University of Georgia in the US, analysed data from a survey of over a million US teens.
Smartphone use may make teens unhappy: Study
Researchers believe this screen time is driving unhappiness rather than the other way around. "Although this study can't show causation, several other studies have shown that more social media use leads to unhappiness, but unhappiness does not lead to more social media use," said Jean M Twenge, professor at San Diego State University in the US.
Total screen abstinence does not lead to happiness either, Twenge found.
The happiest teens used digital media a little less than an hour per day. However after a daily hour of screen time, unhappiness rises steadily along with increasing screen time, according to the study published in the journal Emotion.