How Does Social Media Affect ‘Life Satisfaction’ in Kids?

Robert Preidt, HealthDay reporter

TUESDAY, March 29, 2022 (HealthDay News). Researchers report that social media’s risk of harm to your child is higher at certain ages and differs for girls and boys.

To find out how social media use affects “life satisfaction” among people aged 10 to 21, the researchers analyzed long-term data on 17,400 young people in the United Kingdom.

That new research found critical periods when heavy social media use was associated with lower life satisfaction calculated one year later.

For girls, this period was between 11 and 13 years of age. For boys, it was 14 and 15 years old.

But another connection deserves attention: declining life satisfaction predicted an increase in social media use, regardless of age or gender.

“The relationship between social media use and mental well-being is very complex,” Orben said in a university press release.

The new study follows promises from prosecutors and lawmakers to hold social media accountable for harming children. New York Times reported.

That problem is significant. It that once noted that nine out of 10 American teenagers have a smartphone, and surveys show that they spend many hours a day using it for social networking, gaming, and watching videos.

Another recent study found that children who use the TikTok video-sharing app develop tics and tic-like seizures.

More information

To learn more about children and media use, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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