The argument has raged back and forth in recent years on the presence and nature of a link between youth social media use and mental health outcomes.
In an eight-year longitudinal study recently conducted by Brigham Young University, one finding stood out: the sheer amount of time spent using social media did not correlate to an increase in anxiety or depression.
This adds to a growing body of research indicating that the context and content of social media use are more important than time spent, a shift also seen in the broader ‘screen time’ debate.
With this in mind, the researchers have these tips for healthier social media use:
- Be an active user
- Stop using social media at least an hour before falling asleep
- Be intentional (only use social media when you have a specific purpose in mind)
Read the full article by Brigham Young University at: Overall time on social media is not related to teen anxiety and depression