The role of social media in mental health issues

Newly published research shows that social media hurts girls more than boys.

Our latest Lifelong Learning material expands the topic of social media and the effects it has on our mental health. It specifically covers social media’s impact on girls and boys and how to get a better life balance between social media and other activities.

The article and accompanied video addresses results from a study conducted by Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, which found that frequent social-media use was associated with decreased mental health and well-being over time.

The study tracked teenagers in the U.K. over three years – a period that saw an increase in cyberbullying, which appeared to be more harmful to girls than boys.

This leads to a big talking point with the stating that “girls tend to be more susceptible than boys to mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety regardless of screen time.”

But, don’t worry; it’s not all doom and gloom.

The article is also helpful in pointing to important solutions toward an all-round healthier lifestyle.

Watch the video and read the article in full here.

What you said

We asked our community 3 questions on the topic:

  • Does social media have a negative impact on your mental health?
  • Do you think social media harms women more than men?
  • How do you find a good balance of a healthy life and social media?

Here are the results:


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