There is a link between the problematic use of social media and gaming on the one hand and psychological and social problems on the other. Problematic use of social media can lead to depression or loneliness, for instance. The opposite is also true: depression or loneliness can lead to excessive use of digital media. Additionally, problematic use of social media and gaming affect the school results of youngsters and vice versa (Rooij et al., 2014).
Problematic use of digital media could mean, for instance, that people find it difficult to stop using social media or gaming, that they show withdrawal symptoms such as feeling restless or stressed, rush through tasks, or escape in social media or games.
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