A new recent study (27k+ppl): The earlier that kids get smartphones, the worse their mental health becomes as adults.
Owning a cell phone younger predicts decreased self worth, motivation, resilience, and an increase in sadness, anxiety, and depression, especially for girls.
CMAJ Podcasts: author interview at https://soundcloud.com/cmajpodcasts/190434-ana
The recommendation is to wait until high school, but the reality is that parents need to be acutely aware of this correlation in order to provide the appropriate support and conversations for their children to foster reality and resilience.
Dr. Karline Treurnicht Naylor and Dr. Elia Abi-Jaoude chat about the rise in social media and smartphone usage in adolescents and the mounting evidence that this may be linked to the increasing rates