From an educational point of view, digital addiction and excessive use of technology among adolescents

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  • Overuse of technology, informally known as “digital addiction,” is on the rise. Especially in home settings, adolescents’ digital addiction can affect their health, education and relationships.

A joint project bringing together researchers from four Qatar Foundation member institutions: Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), World Education Innovation Summit (WISE), World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) and Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Our team,  found that hypothetical digital addiction is bilateral and that parenting styles and technology use of parents can influence children’s technology-using behaviors.

The first part of the report questioned the types of arguments parents use when trying to address their children’s problems and the links between excessive technology use and adolescent health, education and family relationships.

However, the second part focused on the adolescents themselves and tested the relationship between parents and adolescents in digital addiction through a series of interviews with Qatari parents and adolescents. This study was followed by a survey conducted within the same group.

Technology and Education: Perspectives of Parents and Youth

Most clearly from the research, digital technology has changed the way young people interact, socialize and learn, giving educators, parents, policy makers and advisers much to consider.

Technology has proven to be highly effective in many aspects of education, especially in personalized learning, improving students’ digital skills and saving teachers time. This is evident in several studies that found that personalized blended learning significantly improved student outcomes (Pane et al., 2017).

During the COVID-19 pandemic, most schools switched to distance learning in a short period of time, and educational technology has become essential to continuing learning around the world (Bryant et al., 2020). However, our research shows that there is a fine line between the constructive use of technology to support education and the unhealthy and addictive use of technology.

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