Heavy social media use and screen time is hurting our teens by contributing to a lack of sleep and physical activity. Smartphone use by teens is a battle I face as a parent, as well. Experts advise avoiding screens or watching television for at least one hour before you sleep. And a European study found that teens who were on screens exposed to blue light more than four hours a day took 30 minutes longer each night to fall asleep and showed more signs of tiredness during waking hours.
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In fact, a report by Common Sense Media found that 75 percent of American teenagers have social media profiles. Social media is a daily part of life for the vast majority of teens. For many teens, social media can become almost addictive. During the study , researchers used an fMRI scanner to image the brains of 32 teenagers as they used a fictitious social media app resembling Instagram.
Many parents worry about how exposure to technology might affect toddlers developmentally. In fact, experts worry that the social media and text messages that have become so integral to teenage life are promoting anxiety and lowering self-esteem. Young people report that there might be good reason to worry. A survey conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health asked year olds in the UK how social media platforms impacted their health and wellbeing.
Girl using her phone while lying down on a bed photo credit: Getty. Social media platforms play a key role in the lives of teenagers today. It is how they communicate with friends, get their information, share their creativity and opinions and how they entertain themselves in times of boredom. However, vulnerable teens do show more negatives to social media if they already struggle with self-esteem issues, in particular, teenage girls. Clinical Psychologist, Dr.