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 C Factor
Measured in hours

There are 7 risks of Excess use of digital technology , including:

Depression Brain outcome
Strong increased risk of Depression
Brain system

3 studies

Obesity Musculoskeletal outcome
Increased risk of Obesity
Musculoskeletal system

1 study

Anxiety Brain outcome
Strong increased risk of Anxiety
Brain system

2 studies

Poor sleep Musculoskeletal outcome
Increased risk of Poor sleep
Musculoskeletal system

3 studies

Fatigue Musculoskeletal outcome
Strong increased risk of Fatigue
Musculoskeletal system

1 study

Fall Musculoskeletal outcome
Minor increase risk of Fall
Musculoskeletal system

1 study

Stress Brain outcome
Minor increase risk of Stress
Brain system

1 study

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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.

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