But the problem can be harder than experts think of a new study. But the problem may be more complicated than experts believe in a new study.
The research published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health on Tuesday contained surveys with nearly ten thousand children aged 13 to 16 years of age in England. Social media researchers found that girls ‘ mental health can be impaired by increasing exposure to abuse and reducing sleep and exercise.
“While social media does not compromise itself, its findings suggest that constant use may impair behavior, which has a good effect on mental health, such as sleep and training. while increasing access to unhealthy material by young people and, in particular, negative cyberbullying meetings.”
In other words, social media itself may not be responsible for mental health issues but, while exposing users to cyberbullying, it removes girls ‘ sleep quality from exercise and sleeps condition, leads to decreased well-being and mental health problems.
Bob Patton, a clinical psychology professor at Surrey University, said that it might not be beneficial to use approaches directed only at minimizing the use of social media to enhance well-being.
The statement said Patton, who had not participated in the research, “The building up of strategies to increase the cyberbullying resilience and to promote better sleep and practice behaviors could well be what is required to reduce the physical and psychological harm.”
With adolescents, it seems that the effect on their mental health is related to other causes, so more research is needed, according to the researchers.
The study was carried out once a year between 2013 and 2015 by interviewing teenagers. They will disclose the rate of social media searches and uses such as Facebook, Linkedin, WhatsApp, Twitter, and Snapchat. The researchers noted the number of time respondents spent on those pages, which is a limitation of the sample, were not collected more than three times weekly.
Experts asked about the psychological distress and social well-being of teenagers in 2014 and 2015: issues such as life satisfaction, joy, and anxiety.
Researchers have found that the use of social media in both genders is very associated with high psychological distress. The influence between girls is particularly apparent: the repeated checks they make on social media are more serious.
But almost 60% of the impact on girls’ psychological distress could be due to poor sleep quality and increased cyber-bullying exposure, with reduced physical activity. These factors only explained 12% of the effects on psychological distress in children from the widespread use of social media.
Mental health issues were related to social media. Data from Canada last month found that increased levels of social media use linked to increased symptoms of depression in young people.
The problem better situated in this study. Such issues are not necessarily caused by social media, but rather by the material and challenges confronting young people.
Ann DeSmet, professor at the Belgium’s University of Ghent who did not participate in the study, says that it is an important distinction.
“The positive effects of social media use, promoting social interactions, are to be more promoted if the replacement of healthy lifestyles or cyberbullying can mitigate,” she said in a statement.
Girls were especially vulnerable to social media cyberbullying, which could result in psychological distress.
Nevertheless, the study said, what contributed to the distress of boys needed more investigation.
Nine out of ten adolescents in the UK are using social media, and their effects on mental health and the well-being of young people are increasingly concerned.
To date, the lack of long-term information has led to the development of contradictory evidence.
In this research, a representative sample of over 12 000 adolescents aged 13 to 16 years of age was surveyed in the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health in England for three years.
In the 9th year, teenagers asked how often social media sites such as Instagram, Facebook, Whatsapp, and Twitter checked every day–but not how often they used it.
Most (51%) girls and 43% of boys have been using social media over three times a day, with 69% of boys and 75% of girls using social media by the 11th year. When they were in year 10, they had a questionnaire about mental health and their cyberbullying, sleeping, and physical activity experiences. Their work was also carried out.
In year 11, the young people asked how nervous and happy they were about their satisfaction. The boys and girls who reviewed social media sites more than three times a day were psychologically worse and had more psychological distress.
Such women also were more likely to say that in subsequent years, they were less satisfied or depressed–but the guys did not.
The authors suggested that social media use, mental health, and well-being are strongly linked.
In girls, however, sleep disturbance, cyberbullying, and less exercise has been the result of the adverse effects.
These factors influenced boys, but they were much smaller.