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Effects of screen time on the social well-being of adolescents

Forensic Research & Criminology International Journal
Hafsat Danmaisoro, Ashraf Mozayani


This study specifically examines if adolescents’ use of digital screens, including smartphones, tablets, and computers, affects their health and happiness. The aim is to provide stakeholders such as teachers, parents, and lawmakers with a comprehensive understanding of this issue. The study conducted a thorough review of secondary data, including studies published between January 2019 and June 2021, focusing on adolescents’ screen time, social relationships, and mental health. The results highlight the importance of social networks in adolescents’ screen time and the complex relationship between the amounts of time spent on screens, their purpose, and their mental health effects. The study offers practical suggestions that can guide lawmakers in developing customized programs to promote healthy media use among adolescents and enhance their overall health in the digital age.


screen time, juvenile, wellbeing, social dynamics, health, policy implications, benefits