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There is a link between having mental health problems and media multitasking, the habit of using two or more types of media simultaneously.
This information is significant in light of the increase in media use over the last 10 years.
The handling of media by young people in the U.S. increased 20% over the past decade; however, their time spent in media multitasking has mushroomed 120% during the same period.
The association between mental health issues and media multitasking was revealed recently by an investigative team at Michigan State University. The team leader, Mark Becker, said, “This [finding] could have important implications for understanding how to minimize the negative impacts of increased media multitasking.”
The Michigan State research team surveyed 319 people for:
Although the correlation found between mental distress and multimedia-tasking is clear, the research does not indicate whether media multitasking is a cause of symptoms or a behavior for coping with symptoms.
It still needs to be determined whether depressed, anxious young people multitask to manage psychological distress, or if media multitasking triggers anxiety or a depressed mood.
The incidence of depression, anxiety, and suicide in adolescents and young adults has risen dramatically during the same decade that media multitasking spiked. The Michigan State study suggests this is not a coincidence.
Whether you multitask with media is your choice, but consider what your common sense tells you and call your doctor if you come down with signs of anxiety or depression.
Source: MSU Today
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