Spending too much time online isn’t always healthy, so here’s how celebs spend their time offline!
by Danielle Sinay
If you’re spending too much time online, you may be putting your mental health at risk.
According to a recent study, teens and young adults who spend most of their time online are more prone to depression, anxiety and ADHD than those who do not – and there are a lot of teens addicted to surfing the web.
Over 40% of teens surveyed in the study exhibited symptoms of “problematic or addictive” use of the internet. And in a similar study conducted this May, half of teens confessed that they felt “addicted” to the internet and technology. Basically – a whole lot of teens are spending way too much time online, and that may be a big problem.
Results of the study found that teens addicted to the internet “had significantly more trouble dealing with their day-to-day activities, including life at home, at work/school and in social settings,” as well as exhibited symptoms of depression, anxiety, difficulty planning and managing time, impulsive tendencies, and ADHD.
But don’t worry – your obsession with your texting doesn’t necessarily mean that something is wrong! Just because you’re feeling down and spend time online, doesn’t mean one is affecting the other. Your mental health and texting habits aren’t undoubtedly mutually exclusive.
Still feel like you’re glued to your screen? Don’t worry! Here are some great ideas from our favorite celebs on how to spend your time! For example, Paris Berelc loves to read and Lilimar crafts with her BFF.
It’s always important to consider any and all scientific research when it comes to your mental health, but it’s more important to do what you feel comfortable with! If you love the internet (you know, like YSBnow) and feel fine, then yay! Scroll away. But if you’re experiencing depression and feelings of alienation, try closing your computer screen, and then seeking help.
No matter what your symptoms are, mental health issues must always be taken seriously. Whether you’re sad as a result of your Instagram or because of what happened at school, always address your feelings and talk to someone about it. You’re not alone, we promise!
How do YOU spend your time offline? Let us know in the comments!