Social media habit likely linked to depression among teens

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A recent study released on Tuesday in Scotland, suggested that teenagers who are addicted to online social media, are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety.

The research was conducted by experts from the University of Glasgow, who surveyed 467 students, aged 11 to 17, on the topic of their social networking habits, especially during nighttime.

The scientists said the questionnaires were followed up by further tests, which analyzed the respondents’ self-esteem levels, overall mental health, anxiety and depression symptoms as well as emotional attachment to social media.

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They also evaluated the participants’ quality of sleep, in order to determine if there was indeed a connection between time spent on online networking and disruption of daily rhythms of teenagers.

The scientists, as a result of the findings, suggested that families should implement the rule of “digital sunset’’, to let everyone stay away from social media at night and sleep well.