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Study Shows Deprivation of Smartphones Can Benefit Children’s Mental Health

A recent study conducted by researcher Sara Abrahamsson for the Norwegian Institute of Public Health has shed light on the impact of smartphone usage on the mental health of children, particularly in a school setting. The study, which analyzed 400 Norwegian middle schools that have banned the use of mobile phones during class hours, found that the deprivation of smartphones can have positive effects on children’s mental health.

The study, which was published at the beginning of March, revealed that the ban on smartphones during lessons resulted in a significant decline in the development of symptoms of psychological illnesses among students, especially female students. Three years after the introduction of the ban, the request for consultations with mental health specialists dropped by 60%, indicating an improvement in students’ mental well-being.

In addition to the positive effects on mental health, the ban on smartphones also led to improved school performance and a decrease in bullying and harassment incidents. The study found that the deprivation of phones at school resulted in a 40% decrease in violence and harassment cases, benefiting both male and female students.

The results of the study also suggested that children from low-income families, who may be more likely to be distracted by smartphones, benefit the most from the ban. Similar findings have been echoed by The Policy Exchange, a British think tank, which is advocating for restrictions on smartphone sales and social media accounts for under-16s.

While the study’s results have sparked debate and discussion, they provide valuable insights into the complex relationship between smartphone usage and mental health in young people. While some argue that banning smartphones is an effective solution, others believe that a more holistic approach, including digital literacy and regulation of Big Tech, is necessary to address the issue.

As the debate continues, Abrahamsson’s work serves as an important contribution to the understanding of the impact of digitalization on the mental health of young people. The findings highlight the need for further research and policy interventions to promote healthy smartphone usage among children.

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