Social media adds to depression amongst teens

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Researchers reportedly claim the presence of online communication and constant need for interaction is resulting in restless nights, depression and anxiety for many teenagers. Up to 90 percent of teens are part of the social media phenomenon. The study revealed that teenagers who regularly engaged in social media during the evenings, were more likely to be affected mentally, with damaging emotional issues about themselves. The issues may continue in to the later stages of life due to the issues happening at such young ages. Dr Heather Cleland Woods, of Glasgow University said, “Adolescence can be a period of increased vulnerability for the onset of depression and anxiety, and poor sleep quality may contribute to this.” Dr Heather Cleland Wood’s study looked at 467 teens activity on Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp at night, analysing the effect this had on their sleep and the need for them to be active twenty-four, seven. Dr Cleland Woods  also said, “While overall social media use impacts on sleep quality, those who log on at night appear to be particularly affected. This may be mostly true of individuals who are highly emotionally invested, and means we have to think about how kids use social media, in relation to time for switching off.” Canadian public health officials also uncovered research, displaying the connection between social media activity and psychological issues. Another study on 700 students at a secondary school in Ottawa, determined students with low self-esteem would be three times as likely to spend longer than two hours per day on social media, where as students without these issues were not. What are your thoughts on this study? Should there be more restrictions when it comes to social media for teens? What are the issues with teens participating in social media? Leave a comment below to let us know your thoughts!

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