from JAMA Psychiatry
Teens who used social media more than three hours a day were more likely to report internalizing issues, such as depression, anxiety and loneliness. That is only part of the conclusion of a study in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. Another conclusion of a study of more than six thousand American teens suggest those internalized issues were accompanied by externalized behaviors such as aggression and anti-social behavior compared to teens who reported no social media use. Data for this study came from the teens themselves. While the authors say there could be other factors that may help explain the results, the study raises a possible link between high use of social media and mental health problems.