Both groups found spending more time on phones contributes to disruptive sleep and more symptoms of depression. Whether it was phones, watching TV or playing video games — all contribute to these depressive symptoms. Gaming was the biggest culprit.
Teenagers who spend more time looking at screens were unhappier than their counterparts
The good news: Some teenagers are aware of their dependency on their smartphones and are attempting to fix it. Solutions include scheduling more time with family members and putting the phone in another room before going to bed.
Positively Waiting encourages parents to help their children set limits or create screen-free times and areas in the home. The key being HELP YOUR CHILD DECIDE ON LIMITS, not decide for them.
This is an opportunity for your teen to practice self-regulation. If Mom decides how much screen time is appropriate, then an adolescent’s internal mechanism for self-control gets no exercise. But if the teen is allowed to set their own limitations and then make whatever adjustments are needed after assessing the results, it will help get that internal regulator working on its own.
In Real Life it would look like: 15 year old Jeremy believes he can have 3 hours of screen time every night, and still complete his homework and get a good night’s sleep. But if after 2 weeks, there is no improvement in the amount of completed homework or ability to wake up, then Jeremy and Mom & Dad can all agree (without a fight) that the right amount of screen time must be less than 3 hours.