It has been discovered that the use of smart phones and tablets could expose children as young as two years to mental health issues.

There have been links between screen time and mental health issues in the past, but new research from the United States have discovered that exposing kids between 2 and 17 years old to an hour of the smart phone usage on a daily basis can result in mental health issues.

The notable effects according to the report are lower self-control, low levels of curiosity, low emotional stability as well as an increased inability to complete tasks.

This could eventually put children at risk of depression according to the study which was published in Preventive Medicine Reports.

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According to findings from the research, children between 2 and 4 years of age, who were exposed to screens for more than 7 hours on a daily basis would lose their tempers easily.

It was also observed that 48% of them would not easily relax after getting excited.

In youths between 11 and 19 years of age, 9% of them who spent an hour with screen slacked curiosity to learn new things when compared with 13.8% of moderate users who accessed screens four hours a day and high users with 7 hours access daily.

Teenagers between 14 and 17 suffered considerable effects after spending an hour with screens and they would not be able to complete tasks when compared to 27.7% of moderate users.

The study was published by psychologist Jean Twenge of San Diego University and psychology professor W. Keith Campbell of the University of Georgia.

According to them, half of the mental problems that manifest start developing by adolescence. In light of this, it is essential for factors which lead to mental health issues to be identified.