The impact of information technology (IT) on the emotional and social health of young people has had very little research, yet it is obvious that IT is playing an increasingly important part in people's lives. This article considers some of the work that has been done and mentions both positive and negative effects of the IT revolution. One such positive effect is ease of access to healthcare information for young people, who might otherwise be too embarrassed to seek it via conventional means. Conversely, it may result in young people failing to develop adequate social skills. The article concludes that much more work needs to be undertaken.
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