Living under social media glare can depress teens, especially girls

Social Media Linked to Higher Risk of Depression in Teen Girls Study

The investigation likewise discovered that 12 percent of light social media users and 38 percent of substantial social media users hinted at having increasingly extreme despondency. How Internet Use Affect The Emotional Well-Being Of Teenagers As researchers delve even deeper into the case, they found that more girls have experienced online harassment or cyberbullying than boys.

Shannon McLaughlin, 18, from Blackburn, explained how social media has harmed her mental health.

The data showed that for teens using social media for three to five hours, 26% of girls and 21% of boys had depressive symptom scores higher than those who used social media for only about one to three hours a day. Regardless of length of time, girls were consistently about twice as likely to be depressed in relation to their social media use.

The study from researchers at the University of Essex and University College London, finds that 14 year old girls sleep for seven hours or less each night because they are awake and active on social media.

The new study serves as "a good addition to the literature on this important topic", said Dr. Anne Glowinski, professor of child psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis, who was not involved in the research.

Rising suicide rates and depression in USA teens and young adults have prompted researchers to ask a provocative question: Could the same devices that some people blame for contributing to tech-age angst also be used to detect it?

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The results prompted renewed concern about the rapidly accumulating evidence that many more girls and young women exhibit a range of mental health problems than boys and young men, and about the damage these can cause, including self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

"Clinical, educational and family settings are all potential points of contact where young people could be encouraged and supported to reflect not only on their social media use, but also other aspects of their lives including online experiences and their sleep patterns". "When it comes to depression, girls are more vulnerable". Social media could be blamed for the sleep disruption say the authors of the study.

"For boys, higher depressive symptom scores were seen among those reporting three or more hours of daily social media use".

"For me, the sleep one is probably the most actionable in some ways", said Maslow, who was not involved in the research. "That seems like a very tangible finding", he said.

The extent to which social media has embedded itself into the daily lives of people can not be understated. "So it's finding that sweet spot".

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