Online Games and Social Media engagement has restricted kids and teens outdoor activities such as playing cricket, football, swimming etc creating negative effect on their physical and mental health.

A report published by IZA Institute of Labor Economics even suggests that just one hour a day on social media can make a teen miserable.

The study also theorized that this may be caused by issues of cyberbullying, an increase in social comparisons, and a decrease in real-life, face-to-face activities.

According to a University of Alberta study, “Social media makes it all feel a little closer to home, when in reality statistics show that kids are actually safer today than they were in the past,”

“The safety concerns are not really founded, but they’re heightened because of social media. That didn’t happen in their grandparents’ days.”

Another 2015 study by the British Psychological Society finds that teenagers being obligated to be responsive to social media (liking posts, answering texts and direct messages) throughout the day affects their mental health.

A University of Michigan study seem to indicate that in young adults, Facebook use leads to decline in subjective well-being. The more young adults use Facebook, the worse they feel moment-to-moment and the less they feel satisfied with their lives overall.

Thus, it is clear that, we have to inspire our young people to do more outdoor activities that can positively enhance their mental health and well-being.

Some solutions:

  1. Attending more outdoor games.
  2. Inspiring them to read books.
  3. Parents should give more time for recreation.
  4. Face to face debating competitions.
  5. Involvement with hobbies.
  6. Intercultural and interfaith involvement.
  7. Counselling at school about negative effect effects of excessive online gaming and social media use.