The more time spent on social media, the more depressed children are becoming, is this the struth?
Girls more so than boys, it appears.
Girls have a higher rate of depression than boys and it is being linked to the amount of time they spend on social media and resulting in bullying on line and poor sleep.
Social Media seems to push them further towards low self-esteem.
The Millennium Cohort Study interviewed 11,000 14-year olds to find that nearly 40% of girls who spend more than five hours a day on social media show symptoms of depression,
Two in five girls are on social media at least three hours per day as compared to a fifth of the boys.
One in ten boys do not use social media at all whereas only 4% of girls said the same.
Girls are more likely to be victims of online harassment.
Girls in the report suffered more than boys from disrupted sleep patterns, which also correlates to the excessive social media usage and clinical signs of depression.
Children are staying up late to use social media and sleep with their phones beside them, buzzing and alerting them constantly.
Prof Sir Simon Wessely (ex-president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists) says it is not definite that social media usage causes poor mental health, although the evidence is starting to point in that direction.
Anne Longfield the children’s commissioner for England is warning that children as young as nine “are becoming almost addicted to ‘likes’ as a form of social validation that makes them happy, and many are increasingly anxious about their online images and ‘keeping up appearances’.
The problem is a result and mixture of online, biological and social factors,
Seeing others online happy and successful makes the individual feel awful if they are not having a full, fun and interesting life.
Skinny influencers are obviously a key factor in any body issues.
Real connections are the way forward and children have to stop hiding behind messages and smiling social media posts and get out there and touch the world.