There’s been a lot of GOOD research about teens and social media lately. (Cue the parental sigh of relief.) Recent surveys like this one from the Pew Research Center reveals that teens often forge meaningful friendships online and find support through social media. And while it isn’t all a rosy picture, the survey did offer some reassuring news that all of that texting, posting and commenting is actually contributing to healthy relationships among teen boys and girls. Read the article or just grasp this takeaway: Teen friendships are strengthened and challenged within social media environments.
Other emerging studies, however, point to the fact that the amount of time spent on social is a critical factor. A recent report released by the British Psychological Society digs deep into the data and shows that teens who respond 24/7 to social media accounts are especially vulnerable to both anxiety and depression.
Analysis showed that in particular night-time social media use was associated with poor sleep quality, lower self-esteems as well as higher anxiety and depression levels. Researchers underscored the importance of digital down time. Read the full article here.