Study: Social Media Use Affects Mental Health In Teens

Study: Social Media Use Affects Mental Health In Teens

It’s no surprise that social media websites are popular with teenagers. It’s also no surprise that some teenagers are afflicted by mental health issues… but are the two linked? A recent study finds the two may be connected. The research comes from the Ottawa Public Health Department. They claim teens who use social media sites, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, for two hours or more per day are significantly more likely to suffer from mental health issues. These could include psychological distress and even suicidal thoughts. The study encompassed 750 randomly selected teenagers in grades 7-12. The researchers admit they cannot prove a direct link between the two at this time, but the data illustrates a definite trend which needs to be taken seriously. This echos a 2012 study which claimed social media use was linked to depression in high school students.

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