Kids who find it hard to prise themselves away from the TV screens, tablets and cell phones could be putting their mental health at risk.
Research has revealed that children who spend hours watching TV or using social media are more likely to develop depression.
Kids who spend time on social media or watching TV could develop depressive symptoms
Professor Patricia Conrod, from the University of Montreal, examined 3,826 kids from the ages of 12 to 16 about their mood and the amount of screen time they have each day.
She found that those who watch a lot of TV or use social media were more likely to suffer from depressive symptoms but found no difference in those playing computer games or browsing the internet.
Prof Conrod said: “The study’s findings indicate social media use and television viewing are important predictors of depression in adolescence.
“Regulating teens’ social media and television use might be one way to help young people manage depressed mood or vulnerability to depressive symptoms.”
Experts believe that TV and social media portrays people with unrealistic ‘perfect’ bodies or lifestyles, which can harm the self-esteem of youngsters.