phat 21(27): e4

Research Article

Do information and communication technologies influence skills, competencies, health and well-being of teenagers? Current evidence

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.6-4-2021.169174,
        author={Willone Lim and Bee Theng Lau and Caslon Chua and Fakir M Amirul Islam},
        title={Do information and communication technologies influence skills, competencies, health and well-being of teenagers? Current evidence},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Pervasive Health and Technology},
        volume={7},
        number={27},
        publisher={EAI},
        journal_a={PHAT},
        year={2021},
        month={4},
        keywords={Information and communication technology, skills, competencies, health, well-being, influence, teenager},
        doi={10.4108/eai.6-4-2021.169174}
    }
    
  • Willone Lim
    Bee Theng Lau
    Caslon Chua
    Fakir M Amirul Islam
    Year: 2021
    Do information and communication technologies influence skills, competencies, health and well-being of teenagers? Current evidence
    PHAT
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.6-4-2021.169174
Willone Lim1,*, Bee Theng Lau1, Caslon Chua2, Fakir M Amirul Islam3
  • 1: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Science, Swinburne University of Technology, Jalan Simpang Tiga, Kuching, 93350, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • 2: Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, 3122, Victoria, Australia
  • 3: Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, 3122, Victoria, Australia
*Contact email: wilim@swinburne.edu.my

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Information and Communication Technologies are deemed to be a significant influence on teenagers’ development. It is important for studies to be conducted to assess the underlying influence of ICT on the teenager age group.

OBJECTIVES: The aim of this paper is to review whether ICT influences teenagers’ skills, competencies, health and well-being based on previous studies.

METHODS: Articles from 2015 to 2020 were selected for analysis to identify the influences on teenagers.

RESULTS: Computer and mobile devices offer opportunities to improve literacy in digital skills and competencies. It is also evident that teenagers are prone to risks of getting musculoskeletal symptoms as a result of excessive use of such devices, and it also leads to unforeseen illnesses such as depression in the case of teenager’s well-being.

CONCLUSION: Adopting ICT may have beneficial implications for teenagers, but it can pose more adverse effects on their development when used excessively.