Selfcare cause

Excess use of digital technology

Using smartphones, tablets, computers for video games, social networks (facebook and other) or work more than 5 hrs/day

Being on 6+ social media platforms

Risk Factor
4 effects
Measured in hours

Caution

The additional associations between other screen device use (such as smartphones or latpops in sedentary lifetyle) and sleep and physical activity suggest that these devices may have unique, and broader, impacts on health. Newer screen devices may have a stronger impact on sleep in particular because of the ease with which youth and adults can bring the devices into their bedrooms, even having them near or in their beds; this can harm sleep both because of the displacement of sleep hours (ie, spending time texting rather than sleeping) and because of potential disruptions to circadian rhythms because of exposure to light from screens. Given that both sleep and physical activity also are linked with psychosocial well-being, and given preliminary evidence linking mobile phone use to depressive symptoms, additional research should more fully evaluate the linkages between other screen device use and psychosocial well-being.

Related to Excess use of digital technology

Excess use of digital technology Health Risks

OutcomesEffectEvidenceReferences

Obesity Musculoskeletal outcome
Obesity
Musculoskeletal

Strong Increase

Evidence: High

1 study

Fertility Reproductive outcome
Fertility
Reproductive

Strong Decrease

Needs research

1 study

Stress Brain outcome
Stress
Brain

Notable Increase

Needs research

1 study

Poor sleep Musculoskeletal outcome
Poor sleep
Musculoskeletal

Strong Increase

Evidence: Low

3 studies

Anxiety Brain outcome
Anxiety
Brain

Strong Increase

Evidence: Low

2 studies

Depression Brain outcome

Strong Increase

Evidence: High

3 studies

Eating Disorder Brain outcome

Strong Increase

Evidence: Low

1 study

Fall Musculoskeletal outcome
Fall
Musculoskeletal

Notable Increase

Needs research

1 study

Coordination Musculoskeletal outcome
Coordination
Musculoskeletal

Strong Decrease

Evidence: Low

1 study

Fatigue Musculoskeletal outcome
Fatigue
Musculoskeletal

Strong Increase

Needs research

1 study

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