Study: Frequent Social Media Use May Take Toll On Teens’ Mental Health « CBS Atlanta

Social media use may have an affect on teens' mental health.

Frequent social media use may have an affect on teens’ mental health.

Frequent social media use could have a negative impact on young people’s mental health, according to a new study.

For many teens, going even an hour without checking Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter is a struggle. Twenty-four percent of teenagers go online “almost constantly,” according to a recent Pew Research Center study.

But more alarming than the time spent are the negative consequences that young people may suffer from due to too much screen-time.

The study, from Ottawa Public Health, suggests that teens who use social media sites for two hours or more daily are at risk for poor mental health, psychological distress and suicidal thoughts, as reported by Huffington Post.

Researchers looked at data from 750 students in grades seven through 12 who took the 2013 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey. The study found that…

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