Total social media time not related to teen anxiety and depression
It’s not the quantity but quality of time spent on social media that determines the outcome.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the time teens spend on social networking sites has increased a great deal, 62.5% in last 9 years to be exact, and the trend is keeping the pace. A typical teenager spends an average of 2.6 hours daily on social media. Many who are critical of this trend Critics say that anxiety and depression in teens is increasing due to this increased screen time.
However, recent research finding of a study by Professor Sarah Coyne of Brigham Young University indicates that it’s not just the total social media time but how that spent is spent that determines the impact on teen mental health. For instance, two teens spending the exact same amount of time on social media can have totally different effects on their mental health depending on what they do on social media sites.
The study suggests that there are healthier ways to use social media, such as:
- Being an active user instead of a passive one; rather than just watching and absorbing what others are posting, be active and post yourself or at least comment or at least “Like/Dislike” other’s content.
- Stop social media use at least an hour before bedtime. Get adequate and restful sleep as it is very powerful factor in good mental health.
- Be intentional. Engage in social media purposefully such as to seek information or to connect with specific people rather than being there due to feeling bored and having nothing else to do.