It should come as no surprise that teens and kids today are spending a lot of time online. Overall, teens report spending more time online than do children: 45 percent of teens say they spend 2 hours or more browsing the internet, watching videos, playing games, chatting with friends, and other online activities. Most teens are spending at least some of their time online using social media. Children under 13 were not asked about social media accounts in this survey. When asked about which social media platform they use most, Instagram topped the list, with 25 percent saying this is the one they use most often. Teenage girls and boys tend to differ in which social media platforms they spend the most time on.
Teen girls’ social-media obsession exposes them to cyberbullying and wrecks their sleep
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Teenage girls are affected by social media use more than boys, with the harmful effects being driven by three factors, according to a new study. In girls, frequent use of social media harmed their health by leading to inadequate sleep, inadequate physical activity and exposing them to cyberbullying, according to the study published Tuesday in the journal Lancet. The same did not hold true for boys who frequently use social media. Researchers from University College London tracked the social media use of nearly 13, teens in the U. Teenagers should get nine to 10 hours of sleep per night, according to Ashton.
Parents and pediatricians have been wringing their hands over a growing body of research that suggests social media is a bad influence on teen mental health. But a new study suggests that the true culprit may actually be the lifestyle habits related to checking an Insta or Twitter feed obsessively. Teen girls are particularly vulnerable to this toxic mix, because they are cyberbullied three times more than teen boys. And the researchers noted that the psychological distress from the cyberbullying is compounded when the girls are sleep-deprived from staring at their screens instead of going right to sleep at bedtime.