Internet Use May Harm Teen Health

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Smartphones and other mobile devices nowadays become widespread. It provides many facilities to make life easy. When it comes to connecting with others. Instead of using only one way to send messages, teens are using lots of different apps to share a secret here, stalk a crush there, or post a selfie anywhere.

According to analysis, almost 24% of teens go online constantly. Teens find it fun to connect with other teens online. However, a study suggests that spending too much time on the internet is hazardous for teen health. The study suggests that lots of internet usage could lead to teen health problems.

According to analysis, almost 24% of teens go online constantly. Teens find it fun to connect with other teens online. However, according to a study, spending too much time on the internet is actually hazardous for teen health. The study suggests that lots of internet usage could lead to health problems in teens.

Teenagers now weigh more and exercise less than teens of past generations, which causes high blood pressure. According to analysis, almost 32% of teens (1 out of 3) develop high blood pressure.

Andrea Cassidy Bushrow, research lead, said, “High blood pressure in children and teens often continues into adulthood. That’s a problem. Persistent high blood pressure can trigger serious health problems, from kidney disease and memory loss to eye damage and heart disease or stroke.

There are various factors generally teens have in diet to optimize blood pressure. But other, less obvious, factors in daily activity also play a major role. For example, screen time, like watching television or playing on a computer, causes high blood pressure. But now, there is another possible reason Teens on screens get less exercise.

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She points out, “Internet use also has been linked to depression and obesity. And that’s for Internet use, specifically, not just screen time as a whole.

There’s also the growing risk of cyberbullying, which can make it more stressful than other types of screen time,” she added.

Nowadays, the Internet pushes us all towards the instant. And it’s available almost wherever we want. It’s the best source- smartphones are responsible for a third of internet access. But as the study suggests, frequent internet use causes anxiety, addiction, and social isolation. All of these are associated with high blood pressure in adults.

During the study, scientists involved 331 adolescents aged 14 to 17. Scientists then measured each teen’s blood pressure, height, weight, and BMI. After that, they asked how much time they spend on the Internet. The researchers defined heavy use as two or more hours each and every day. Moderate use involved less than two hours daily, five to seven days a week. Light users accessed the internet for less than two hours a day and no more than four days a week. The teens also answered questions. They nearly used the Internet during the week before their lab visit. Some of them said moderate to heavy Internet use.

Finally, they concluded that four out of ten teens use the internet for more than two hours daily. Nineteen percent of these heavy users had high blood pressure, compared to just seven percent of light users. Other teens who reported moderate use had moderately high blood pressure.

Ellen Wartella, a psychologist at Northwestern University in Evanston, said, “It’s an interesting study. But, the study has a major limitation: The researchers measured blood pressure only once for each teen. However, we know it varies considerably. So a single data point for each person may not accurately reflect a teen’s average daily blood pressure.”

Cassidy-Bushrow said, “The study needs more research. Single blood-pressure readings have been used in other studies. For now, she recommends that school nurses screen students for high blood pressure and moderate to heavy Internet use.”

“Education and training for teens, teachers and parents also could help ensure that teens find a healthy balance in their online life. That could go a long way in helping protect the health of people growing up in this digital,” she added.

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