According to new research, if you are a young adult who spends a lot of time on your smartphone, you may see a quick drop in your mental health, says new research done in California.
According to a Sapien Labs analysis, the rise in smartphone use and increased social isolation are contributing to a worsening in the mental health of young adults aged 18-24. "Data reveals that consumers now spend 7-10 hours online," stated Tara Thiagarajan, Sapien Labs' Chief Scientist.
"This leaves little time for social interaction in person. Prior to the Internet, we estimate that by the time someone was 18, they would have spent anywhere from 15,000 to 25,000 hours in person socialising with peers and family." According to Thiagarajan's research, the internet age has likely reduced that range to 1,500 to 5,000 hours.
Social engagement, she said, teaches people how to interpret facial expressions, body language, physical touch, appropriate emotional responses, and conflict resolution, all of which are important life skills for socio-emotional growth. People who lack these skills may feel isolated from society and may consider suicide.
The survey also found that the mental health of each younger age group of adults deteriorated significantly throughout the pandemic.