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Social Media Use Can Lead to Mental Problems: Study

By    |   Wednesday, 29 July 2015 01:06 PM


Teens are avid users of social media, with some checking Facebook or Instagram hourly. Is that too much use? A new study finds that those who use social networking sites (SNSs) for more than two hours each day are more likely to report poor mental health.

The study defined SNSs as Internet-based platforms that allow people to create their own personal profile and form a network of connections with other users. Sites include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and MySpace.

Researchers at Ottawa Public Health found that the technology-obsessed teens reported more psychological stress and suicidal thoughts than teens who utilized networking sites less frequently. The advent of smartphones makes access to sites easier.

The study analyzed data on students in grades 7 through 12. Overall, 25.2 percent of them reported using SNSs for more than two hours a day, and 54.3 percent reported using the sites for less than two hours daily. The remaining 20.5 percent reported they accessed SNSs either infrequently or not at all.

Students who used the sites the most were also more likely to report that they felt their mental health needs were unmet.

Even though the networking sites may help create poor mental health, they could also help solve the problem, according to researchers. Some studies have indicated that people are increasingly turning to SNSs for health-related information, and they can be used as tools to deliver health information and mental health support with no geographical barriers and no social stigma.

"This study found that students with poor mental health are greater users of SNSs," the researchers wrote. "With the rapid advance of information and communication technology, the number of children and adolescents using SNSs will increase as well.

"Given that youth with poor mental health are spending significant time on SNSs, public health and other service providers may be able to reach a key vulnerable population if they also engage youth on SNSs with health promotion approaches and supports."

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Teens are avid users of social media, with some checking Facebook or Instagram hourly. Is that too much use? A new study finds that those who use social networking sites (SNSs) for more than two hours each day are more likely to report poor mental health. The study defined...
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