Another new study linked social networks use to depression and other mental disorders in teenagers. According to new research, social media is more harmful to girls’ mental health than to boys.’ The results of the study were issued in the EClinicalMedicine journal, a part of The Lancet.
The study carried out by the scientists of the University of Essex and University College London, in the United Kingdom, concluded that young girls sleep for seven hours or less because of the social media use. Furthermore, these teen girls are unhappy with the way they look, and they “are struggling with these aspects of their lives more than boys, in some cases considerably so,” according to Professor Yvonne Kelly, from University College London.
The researchers surveyed about 11,000 14-year-old girls who participated in the Millennium Cohort Study, and they noted that girls spend more time on social media than boys.
Social Media Is More Harmful To Girls’ Mental Health Than To Boys’
“Our findings highlight the potential pitfalls of lengthy social media use for young people’s mental health. Findings are highly relevant for the development of guidelines for the safe use of social media and calls on industry to more tightly regulate hours of social media use,” the study’s report reads.
“Girls reported more hours of social media use than did boys. Over two-fifths of girls used social media for 3 or more hours per day compared with one-fifth of boys […] Compared with boys, girls were more likely to be involved in online harassment as a victim or perpetrator. Girls were more likely to have low self-esteem, to have body weight dissatisfaction, and to be unhappy with their appearance,” the scientists said.
In short, social media is more harmful to girls’ mental health than to boys’, primarily because teen girls are sleeping less than seven hours. “Girls were more likely to report fewer hours of sleep compared with boys and to report experiencing disrupted sleep often,” as the scientists wrote in their report, which increase mental health issues in girls who use social media.
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