A recent study shows that pressure to be available on social media leads to anxiety and depression in teens especially those who log in at night time and highly invested emotionally
The social media is affecting health of people. The need to be constantly available on social media and respond 24/7 on social media accounts can lead to
- Reduced sleep quality
These finding have been found in teenagers in a study presented at a British Psychological Society conference in Manchester.
Dr Heather Cleland Woods and Holly Scott of the University of Glasgow conducted this study that involved 467 teenagers regarding their overall and night-time specific social media use.
They also measured sleep quality, self-esteem, anxiety, depression and emotional investment involved in social media related use [which relates to the pressure felt to be available 24/7 and the anxiety around, for example, not responding immediately to texts or posts]
Dr Cleland Woods explained
Adolescence can be a period of increased vulnerability for the onset of depression and anxiety, and poor sleep quality may contribute to this. It is important that we understand how social media use relates to these. Evidence is increasingly supporting a link between social media use and wellbeing, particularly during adolescence, but the causes of this are unclear.
The researchers found that t overall and night-time specific social media use along with emotional investment were related to
- Poorer sleep quality
- Llower self-esteem
- Higher anxiety
- Depression levels.
The researchers showed that while overall social media use impacts on sleep quality but those people who log on at night time appear to be particularly affected.
The affect is hastened by level of emotional investment. More the emotional investment, higher are the adverse effects.
The study pointed at the need to evaluate and think about how our kids use social media, in relation to time for switching off.