Social media has little impact on the lives of adolescents – a study conducted with 12,000 young people in the UK.
According to a study by the research team at the University of Oxford, family, friends and school life have a greater impact on adolescent satisfaction than social media.
The authors of the study highlighted that their research is deeper and more solid than previous studies on the subject, BBC News said on Tuesday.
In their study published in the American Academy of Sciences (PNAS), researchers sought to find out whether adolescents using social media more than average would feel less comfortable with their skin, less satisfied with their lives, and more unsatisfied adolescents. spend time with social media.
Previous research on screen time, technology and mental health of children has often proved controversial.
Andrew Przybylski and Amy Orben, University of Oxford Internet Researchers believe that previous results could not give a complete picture because they were often based on a limited range of data.
However, the new study concluded that the relationship between life satisfaction and the use of social media is almost insignificant, affecting less than 1 percent of adolescents’ well-being.
Przybylski, director of the research institute, said: “A person’s life satisfaction with 99.75 percent has nothing to do with social media.”
The research conducted between 2009 and 2017 asked teenagers aged 10 to 15 how much time they spend on social media on an average school day. He also appreciated how satisfied the respondents were with their life from different perspectives.
The research revealed that although the girls spend the rest of their time with social media, the effect of it was insignificant, not greater than that of boys. Less than half of the effects were statistically significant.
“Parents don’t have to worry about time spent on social media,” Przybylski stressed. He added that there was nothing to support the concern, “we have to deal with screen time differently”.
Researchers say that it is now important to filter out young people who are at risk of certain social media effects and find the factors that affect them.
British child health professionals continue to advise children not to miss the screen one hour before going to bed because they need a healthy night’s sleep for their mental health.