The researchers, from the University of Essex, looked at data from almost 10, families in the U. The children in the study were 10 at the first time point and up to 15 years old at the last. Their mental health was assessed using two reliable surveys, which measured happiness and well-being across different parts of their lives school, family, etc , and social and emotional challenges. Girls used social media more than boys did, and their mental health seemed to suffer for it. At age 10, girls reported lower levels of happiness, and they reported more social and emotional difficulties as they aged, compared to boys.
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In today's evolving society, there is no denying that pop culture, media and entertainment has a significant influence on us. It is everywhere we go. When we turn on the television, some company is marketing a new brand of clothing that is "the next best thing. However, I do believe that young girls need to learn how to perceive and react to social media, pop culture and entertainment in a more positive way. This isn't taught in schools, and I highly doubt that our parents can honestly understand social media to understand its effects.
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. The teenagers were shown more than images where "likes" were believed to be from their peers.
As many as three-quarters of year-old girls who suffer from depression also have low self-esteem, are unhappy with how they look and sleep for seven hours or less each night, the study found. If you have been affected by the issues mentioned in this article, we'd like to hear from you. How have you been affected by social media?
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