60% of youth aged 9 to 17 years use mobile phones for hours every day. They are happiest especially in gaming and scrolling through social media.
Smartphone and Internet Addiction: About 93% of the total population of the world is connected to internet service and out of this, about 60% i.e. 4.8 billion people are active on social media. The use of social media is increasing day by day and people are also facing health related problems due to it. Especially for the young generation today, words like likes, followers, reach and viral are very important. The young generation today spends many hours out of 24 hours a day just scrolling through social media.
Children happy with gaming and reels
So far, many reports and studies have come out in which it has been told about the problems faced by the youth due to excessive use of social media. Meanwhile, a recent national survey, which included interviews with nearly 50,000 parents conducted in India, found that 6 in 10 youth aged 9 to 17 spend more than 3 hours a day on social media or gaming platforms. Let’s spend. 17 percent of respondent parents from Maharashtra state said that their children stay online for more than 6 hours every day. Similar thing was said by 22 percent respondents across India. This survey also revealed that children feel happy after spending time on social media or gaming. About 10% of parents have said this.
It is clear from this study that social media is having more negative effects than positive effects and parents now need to be alert. If the habit of smartphone is not inculcated in children since childhood, then it will have a good impact in their later life and the young generation will also remain healthy.
All these problems are happening due to using it for 3 hours every day
This study matches with another report of American Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy in 2022 in which it has been said that using mobile for 3 hours every day is causing health problems like depression and anxiety in children. The report described teen mental health as being at “deep risk of harm” and urged families to set limits and governments to set stricter standards for use.