Nowadays, the most of people like to surf internet for job, for entertainment or even search related information such as purchase oversea for galvanized steel pipes, high end home textiles as bedding sets and so on. A study shows that adolescents spend three hours a day on social networking platforms and are 60 percent at high risk for mental problems, including anxiety and depression. Another study shows the association between overuse of social networks and the increased risk of mental problems, especially among adolescents.
Adolescent Mental Health and Social Media Use
Researchers assessed the mental health and social media use of more than 6,500 participants aged 12 to 15 living in the United States. Participants reported how often and how often they surfed the Internet every day and whether they experienced mental health problems.
The results, published in the Journal JAMA Psychiatry on Tuesday, September 11, showed that adolescents who spent three hours a day on social media had a 60% higher risk of mental health than adolescents who did not use social media. People who spent six hours online increased their risk by 78%.
The study also found that about 9% or 611 participants experienced internalization problems, such as social withdrawal, difficulty in coping with anxiety or depression, or introversion. About 885 or 14% of respondents said they experienced external problems, including aggression, action and disobedience. More than 1,000 teenagers said they had experienced internalization and externalization problems, while nearly 4,000 had low or no problems at all.
Should Blame Social Media Use?
Previous studies have linked social media use to increased risk of mental health problems. Another study published earlier this year also found that the use of social media has a negative impact on adolescents’ mental health.
However, Riehm, the lead author of the study, clarifies that their findings do not prove that social media use can lead to mental health problems. They saw only one connection.