Do social networks affect the mental health of adolescents (the opinion of scientists)

Family, friends and school life in general have a greater impact on the mental state of a teenager than social networks. This conclusion was made by scientists from the University of Oxford. They argue that the new


- unlike the previous ones, which often provided conflicting information and were based on limited evidence - is more deeply immersed in the essence of the problem.

According to new data, in 99.75% of cases, satisfaction with life has nothing to do with the use of social networks.

In a study conducted from 2009 to 2017, thousands of children aged 10 to 15 were asked to tell how much time they spend on social networks, and also to assess how satisfied they are with various aspects of their life. Scientists found that girls spent more time on social networks than boys, but the difference was very small.

And yet, the time spent on social networks can affect other equally important components of life, such as sleep, sports, and spending time with family and friends. The authors of the study recommend that adults and children limit the use of gadgets one hour before bedtime.



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