Internet Addiction Leads To Burnout In Adolescents

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In today’s world, young people are described as ‘digital natives’ as they grown up with mobile devices and social media. But excessive Internet use can negatively affect young people’s school work, health, and social lives. Unfortunately, adults don’t usually discover this problem until it becomes serious.

According to Mind the Gap, a longitudinal research project funded by the Academy of Finland, there is a link between digital addiction and school burnout in both comprehensive school and upper secondary school students.

The findings of the Finnish study, which appeared this month in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, reveals that via school burnout, adolescents’ excessive internet use can ultimately lead to depression.

Mind you! This exposure to Internet addiction is most likely to take place if the adolescent loses interest in school and feels cynicism towards school.

The research, which was carried out among Helsinki adolescents aged 12-14 and 16-18, suggests that the most critical stage for tackling the problem of digital addiction and school burnout is age 13-15. The most effective way of supporting adolescents’ mental health and preventing excessive internet use is to promote school engagement. This in turn, motivates students’ to learn and bid adieu to prevent school burnout.

This study helped researchers explore the reciprocal associations between excessive internet use, school engagement, school burnout, and depression among adolescents.

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