Saturday, July 28, 2018

youth and social media studies

Social media use had positive outcomes for 9- and 10-year-olds who participated in the study. The study's results show that social media use led to increased physical activity, less family conflict and better sleep, compared with traditional TV or video-game screen time, which worsened sleep and family conflict. Kids who are using social media to build connections then may see positive outcomes.
Paulus, F. W., Ohmann, S., von Gontard, A., & Popow, C. (2018). Internet gaming disorder in children and adolescents: a systematic review. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 60(7), 645-659.

Another study found different results for teenagers. Adolescents who spent more time doing screen-based activities such as gaming, social messaging, TV watching, or web surfing were more likely to develop symptoms of insomnia and, eventually, depression, according to this study. The findings also show that gaming was more strongly linked to depressive symptoms than messaging.
Li, X. et al. (2018).  Insomnia symptoms and sleep curation mediate the association between adolescent screen time and depressive symptom. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, Baltimore, June 2-6.

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