Study: Social Media makes young people depressed

How does the use of Social Media on young people?

In today’s time the importance of Social Media continues to grow, and it has been suspected for some time that young people are influenced by the use of Social Media negatively. Researchers found, however, that the impact of the use of Social Media on the life satisfaction of adolescents, only a limited and probably extremely low.

In a recent study by the internationally recognised University of Oxford, it was found that the use of Social Media has a very low on the life satisfaction of young people. The results of the study were published in the English scientific journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America” (PNAS).

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It has been often assumed that Social Media has a great influence on young people. Family life, friends and school life, however, a far greater influence on the well-being, say the researchers. The company should publish more data about how exactly people use social media to learn more about the impact of technologies on the lives of young people, claim the researchers.

Previous studies showed often conflicting results

The current study therefore to find out whether young people who use Social Media more frequently than the average have a lower life satisfaction, or whether adolescents with lower life satisfaction and more Social Media. Previous research on the relationship between the use of Social Media and the mental health of children, there were often conflicting results. This is often based on limited Evidence, which does not provide the full picture, explain the authors of the study.

Girls spent more time with Social Media

The current study came to the conclusion that most of the Connections between life satisfaction and the use of Social Media is trivial, and less than one percent of the well-being of a teenager. 99.75 per cent of the life satisfaction of a Person has nothing to do with the use of social media, according to the authors of the study. In the study, which took place between the year 2009 and the year 2017, thousands asked ten-to 15-Year-old, as long as you on a normal school day Social Media took advantage of. In addition, a rating of how satisfied they were with various aspects of life. The results show that girls spent more time with the use of Social Media, the effects were, however, both for girls and for boys, only very small. Less than half of the observed effects were statistically significant, explain the researchers.

Cooperation with Social Media companies?

Parents should not Worry about the time of the use of Social Media, say the authors. The results show no great concern. The researchers said that it is now important to identify young people who are vulnerable to certain effects of Social Media more. In addition, other factors need to be found, which have an impact on your well-being. It is Meeting with Social Media companies are planned, to discuss how a cooperation can take place, and to learn more about how exactly people use Apps, and not just the time you spend with the use.

Further research is needed

“The industry must publish their usage data and independent research support,” urges the author of the Study Amy Orben of the University of Oxford in a press release. Such access is the key to the understanding of the many roles Social Media plays in the lives of young people. In the future, other important factors should be taken into account, such as the impact of Smartphones and computers to the time spent with other important activities such as sleep, exercise and time with family or friends.

Sleep is extremely important for children

Families should hold on to earlier this year, published guidelines, and, for example, to avoid to spend an hour before going to bed time in front of the screen of Smartphones or similar devices, because children have to rely not only because of their mental health on a good night’s sleep, advise the researchers. (as)