A new study conducted by researchers at a leading university has found that teenage social media use is linked to higher levels of depression. The study, which examined the online behavior of over 1,000 adolescents, found that those who spent more time on social media reported feeling more depressed and anxious than their peers.
The study also found that the link between social media use and depression was particularly strong among girls, who reported using social media more frequently than boys. The researchers believe that this may be due to the fact that girls are more likely to compare themselves with others on social media, and may feel pressure to present a perfect image of themselves online.
While the study did not establish a causal relationship between social media use and depression, the researchers say that the results suggest that parents and healthcare professionals should be aware of the potential negative impacts of social media on teenagers’ mental health. They recommend monitoring teenagers’ social media use and encouraging them to take breaks from their electronic devices.
Despite the potential risks associated with social media use, the researchers also noted that social media can be a valuable tool for teenagers to connect with friends and family, especially during periods of social isolation.