According to a recent study published in a journal named Acta Paediatrica, the excessive use of social media can lead to reduced sleeping hours among children. The research was conducted among the Canadian students aged between 11-20 years which revealed a dose-response relation between the over-use of social media and the shorter sleep duration among the students.
In the research there were in total 5242 participants in the study. Out of which 63.6% slept less than recommended and 73.4% students reported that they used social media for at least an hour per day. “The impact social media can have on sleep patterns is a topic of great interest given the well-known adverse effects of sleep deprivation on health,” said senior author Dr. Jean-Philippe Chaput, of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute.
He further added that electronic screen devices are pervasive in today’s society and they are just starting to understand their risks and benefits.
Another study published a few years ago also pointed out that social media was affecting kids’ concentration and focus. The impact of social media is making children ‘need lessons in how to concentrate,’ it has been revealed.
Labour’s Tristram Hunt told The Independent that kids need to learn the ability to concentrate for sustained periods – especially in today’s world of short attention spans. He said that he thinks that young people need help with being able to do that. Hunt dismissed the Government’s ‘Gordonstoun cold showers approach’ to character-building, which was a reference to the Scottish private school that has been attended by generations of the Royal Family.
Instead, he said that they believed that there are interventions people can make to teacher training and interventions they can make in schools to build children’s character to promote children’s well-being. Hunt said that these skills are often dismissed as ‘soft skills’, asserting that these are very hard-edged skills young people need to gain.
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Article resource: Thehealthsite.com