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Why heavy social media use may be worse for girls than boys

Why heavy social media use may be worse for girls than boys | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
All those hours teens spend on Instagram or Snapchat could mess with their minds differently, depending on their gender, a new study has found.

When girls suffered poor mental health linked to heavy social media use, it seemed to be driven by a combination of being exposed to cyberbullying, missing out on sleep or not getting enough exercise, British researchers reported Tuesday in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.
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Social media use may harm teens' mental health by disrupting positive activities, study says

Social media use may harm teens' mental health by disrupting positive activities, study says | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Social media use has been linked to depression, especially in teenage girls. But a new study argues that the issue may be more complex than experts think.

The research, published Tuesday in the journal The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, involved interviews with almost 10,000 children between the ages of 13 and 16 in England. The researchers found that social media may harm girls' mental health by increasing their exposure to bullying and reducing their sleep and physical exercise.
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Social media isn't the problem - the side effects of using it are | Science & Tech News

Social media isn't the problem - the side effects of using it are | Science & Tech News | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Social media is damaging children's mental health by affecting sleep and exposing them to cyber-bullying, a major study has shown.

There is a significant link between children who check their social media accounts more than three times a day and who later reported feeling psychologically distressed.

The findings come from a study of nearly 10,000 teenagers by University College London and Imperial College London.
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Children’s lack of sleep ‘more harmful than social media use’ | Media | The Guardian

Children’s lack of sleep ‘more harmful than social media use’ | Media | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Parents should worry less about the amount of time their children spend on social media during the day and instead make sure their offspring get enough sleep and discuss negative online experiences, researchers say.

A study suggests that while frequent use of social media does appear to be linked to poorer mental health, the effects are not direct. Instead it suggests such links might be down to social media use displacing other activities, such as sleep, or that it opens the door to cyberbullying.
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Social media damages teenagers’ mental health, study shows

Social media damages teenagers’ mental health, study shows | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Very frequent use of social media does damage the mental health of teenage girls but it causes harm indirectly — through cyberbullying, sleep loss and reduced physical activity — rather than directly by affecting brain development.

That conclusion comes from the first detailed study of how social media affects the mental health of young users, carried out by researchers from Imperial College and University College London and published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal.
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Attitudes to STEM subjects by gender at key stage 4

Attitudes to STEM subjects by gender at key stage 4 | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it

This research looks at the different attitudes of male and female students in key stage 4, when thinking about STEM subjects. It examines which subjects they thought were:

most enjoyable
the students’ best subject
most likely to lead to a job
most likely to lead to the highest salaries
taken up at A level

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Social Media Hurts Girls More Than Boys

Social Media Hurts Girls More Than Boys | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Social media can damage teens' mental health under certain circumstances, but a new study says it can be used safely. Here's how.
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Frequent social media use can damage children's mental health, study warns

Frequent social media use can damage children's mental health, study warns | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Social media use raises children’s risk of mental health problems by up to half, a major study has found.

Almost 10,000 youths aged 13 to 16 were observed over three years in England between 2013-2015 in the study published by The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal.

The study suggested efforts should be made to reduce young people's exposure to harmful content online.

Very frequent use of social media may compromise teenage girls' mental health by increasing exposure to bullying and reducing sleep and physical exercise, the study found.
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Cyber-bullying and lack of sleep have bigger impact on teenagers than social media, study finds

Cyber-bullying and lack of sleep have bigger impact on teenagers than social media, study finds | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Cyber-bullying and lack of sleep have a bigger impact on teenager’s mental health than social media use, according to new research.

UK scientists have found a significant link between adolescents who check their social media accounts more than three times a day and feelings of psychological distress.

However, they now believe this negative reaction is not directly as a result of social media use.
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As researchers warn of cyberbullying dangers to mental health, here’s how to tell if your child is a victim

As researchers warn of cyberbullying dangers to mental health, here’s how to tell if your child is a victim | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
We’re often told that allowing children to spend too much time on social media apps, like Instagram and Snapchat, can have a negative impact on their mental health.

A new study, published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal, has found a significant link between children who check their social media accounts more than three times a day, and psychological distress. But they believe this is not necessarily a result of social media use, and instead, it’s other knock-on factors, such as being exposed to cyberbullying, and a lack of sleep and physical exercise, that parents should be concerned about.
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Social media mental health harms might be due to exposure to cyberbullying, loss of sleep or reduced physical activity

Social media mental health harms might be due to exposure to cyberbullying, loss of sleep or reduced physical activity | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
First study to examine three mechanisms by which very frequent use of social media may harm mental health suggests efforts should be made to reduce young people's exposure to harmful content, and the impact it has on healthy activities (such as sleep and exercise). Authors suggest that direct effects, such as on brain development, are unlikely and so interventions to simply reduce social media use might be misplaced.
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