Negative Effect of Social Media On Teens

Teen social media statistics
• 91% of 16-24 year olds use the internet for social networking
• Social media use is linked with increased rates of anxiety, depression and poor sleep
• Social media has been described as more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol

Best & worst social media apps for teens’ mental health

Best social media apps : YouTube / Twitter / Facebook
Worst social media apps : Instagram / Snapchat

The Bad Cs of Social Media Are:

Comparing – When we compare ourselves to others (the way they look, where they go on vacation or who they are dating) we are comparing ourselves to them. This causes anxiety and depression.
Consuming – When we have a spare moment in line at the bank, or we are bored in the passenger seat in the car, we might open our phone to check our instagram feed. This is us filling the spaces by consuming other people’s social media with the endless feed on Instagram/Snap/Facebook, etc. Consumption robs us of great ideas, interactions and makes us less focused.
Negative effects of social media
Anxiety & depression:
Research suggests that young people who spend more than 2 hours per day on social media are more likely to report poor mental health, including psychological distress (symptoms of anxiety and depression).
Sleep:
Numerous studies have shown that increased social media use has a significant association with poor sleep quality in young people. Using phones, laptops, and tablets at night before bed is also linked with poor quality sleep.
Body image :
Body image is an issue for many young people, both male and female. Studies have shown that when women in their teens and early twenties view Facebook for only a short period of time, body image concerns are higher compared to non-users.
Cyber bullying :
Bullying during childhood is a major risk factor for a number of issues including mental health, education and social relationships, with long-lasting effects often carried right through to adulthood.

Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) :

FOMO has been robustly linked to higher levels of social media engagement, meaning that the more an individual uses social media, the more likely they are to experience FOMO.
What can parents do to keep their children safe from the negative effects of social media?
• Teach students that social media can and should be utilized as a tool for good
• Ensure your children are equipped with the relevant skills to be able to navigate social media
• If Required go for counseling.
• Consider joining Parent University to get videos you can watch WITH your children. These videos     will start a healthy dialog that will keep them safe and smart online
• Remind students that they can always come to you or a trusted adult if they ever need help
• When you’re ready for your child to be online, read our Parent App Guide page to learn how teens       can use social media safely.

Thank You. Take Care.
Sources: Wikipedia / smartsocila.com e.t.c

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