Relationship between social media and mental illness


New research carried out by the Norwegian Media Council shows a clear connection between mental health problems and the use of social media. According to the report, it mainly affects girls, and the strongest connections are found among 9–12-year-old girls who use the internet, mobile phones and social media. The survey shows that children in the age group who have a reduced mental well-being spend more and more of their time with the mobile phone and on the internet than other children of the same age. The report points out, however, that it is not clear what is cause and effect, but shows that these are complex problems that need to be studied more closely. On the other hand, it is noted that media use must be taken seriously, along with other important factors for the mental health of children and young people.

However, it is far from only young girls who are affected. The report, entitled “Young people, media & mental health: Follow-up 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic” found a connection between more extensive use of social media, mobile phones and the internet in general, as well as more mental health problems among Swedish teenagers.


Source: Mobil by www.mobil.se.

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