Social media effect 'tiny' in teenagers, large study finds

The effects of social media on the life satisfaction of teenagers are

The effects of social media on the life satisfaction of teenagers are"trivial in size a new study suggests

Endless scrolling has been linked to mental health issues among other things, especially on developing people - but now, a new study suggests that actually, there might not be that much to fear about children's use of social media.

The new study analysed data on 12,000 British teenagers, taken from an eight-year survey of United Kingdom households.

While social media use has limited role in lowering life satisfaction of teenagers, the effects are more among girls than boys, says a study of 12,000 British teenagers. These effects were more evident in females than males.

Lower life satisfaction led to an increase in social media use and social media use led to lower life satisfaction, but the trends were only "modest", the authors said.

Professor Przybylski suggested that parents should not worry about the amount of time their children spend on social media, adding that would be "barking up the wrong tree". A report that looked at data on over 12,600 people between the ages of 10 and 15 found that the impact of social media screen time on happiness was almost negligible.

The researchers stated it was as soon as now crucial to call younger of us at larger possibility from particular effects of social media, and procure out other components that were having an influence on their wellbeing.

"It is entirely possible that there are other, specific, aspects of social media that are really not good for kids ... or that there are some young people who are more or less vulnerable because of some background factor", he said.

"We imply that households apply our steerage published earlier this 300 and sixty five days and continue to ebook obvious of show use for one hour earlier than bed, since there are other reasons beside psychological health for younger of us to need an accurate night's sleep".

Until now, the verdict had been out on whether social media is damaging to the mental health of teens - in part due to the lack of research.

A 2016 University of Pittsburgh study, for example, found a correlation between time spent scrolling through social media apps and negative body image feedback.

When the team took an average across all the analyses, they found children who spent longer on social media were only slightly more likely to say they were dissatisfied with life. So it can show whether a change in social media use came before or after a change in life satisfaction.

Prof Liz Twigg from Portsmouth University, who is now leading a large-scale study of the impact of social media on children, welcomed the study.

"That tells us a little more about what causes what - if a change in life satisfaction happens some time before a change in social media use, then the social media use can't be causing the change in life satisfaction", said Kevin McConway, emeritus professor of applied statistics a the Open University.

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