By Linda Searing The Washington Post
Might time spent on #socialmedia — #YouTube, #Facebook, #Instagram, #Twitter and the like — affect young people’s #mentalhealth? Yes, says a report by Johns Hopkins and other researchers, published in #JAMA Psychiatry.
For instance, they found that 12- to 15-year-olds who typically spent three or more hours a day on #socialmedia were about twice as likely to experience #depression, #anxiety, #loneliness, aggression or antisocial behavior as were adolescents who did not use #socialmedia. As the youths’ #socialmedia time increased, so did their risk, making them four times more likely than nonusers to have these problems if they spent more than six hours a day on #socialmedia.
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Of the group participating in the research — a nationally representative sample of 6,595 adolescents living in the #UnitedStates in 2013 to 2014 — just 17 percent said they did not use #socialmedia. Among those who did use #socialmedia, 32 percent reported using it 30 minutes or less every day, 31 percent said roughly 30 minutes to three hours, and 12 percent said three to six hours. Another 8 percent said they spent more than six hours a day on #socialmedia.
The study did not determine why #socialmedia was linked to #mentalhealthissues.
But the researchers suspect that heavy use may lead to sleep problems that can contribute to such issues, increase the risk for cyberbullying, which has been tied to symptoms of #depression, and result in unrealistic comparisons of yourself and your life to those of others seen on #socialmedia. They also noted that their analysis adjusted for any previous #mentalhealthissues, saying this “mitigates the possibility that reverse causality explains these findings.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents to develop a family media use plan.