Among the sur­vey’s other find­ings:

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• 59 per­cent

(The ma­jor­ity of teens) said so­cial me­dia makes no dif­fer­ence in how de­pressed they feel. Twenty-nine per cent, mean­while, said it makes them feel less de­pressed and 11 per cent said it makes them more de­pressed. Thirty-nine per cent said it makes them feel less lonely and 13 per cent, more lonely.

• 35 per­cent

of teens said tex­ting is their favourite way to com­mu­ni­cate with friends, com­pared with 33 per cent in 2012. Only 32 per cent said talk­ing in per­son is their pre­ferred method of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, down from

49 per­cent among 2012 teens.

• al­most three-quar­ters

of teens said they be­lieve that tech com­pa­nies ma­nip­u­late peo­ple into spend­ing more time on their de­vices and more than half said us­ing so­cial me­dia of­ten dis­tracts them from home­work.

• 64 per­cent

of teen so­cial-me­dia users said they come across racist, sex­ist or ho­mo­pho­bic or other hate­ful con­tent ei­ther some­times or of­ten.

• 16 per­cent

of teens use so­cial me­dia “al­most con­stantly,” while

19 per cent never do.

• 13 per cent

of teens said they have been cy­ber­bul­lied. Nearly a quar­ter, mean­while, has tried to help a per­son who has been cy­ber­bul­lied by talk­ing to them or re­port­ing it to an adult.

• More than half

of par­ents worry too much about so­cial me­dia — on the other hand, 46 per cent think par­ents would be a lot more worried if they knew what “ac­tu­ally hap­pens” on­line. The sur­vey was con­ducted in March and April among 1,141 13- to 17-year-olds na­tion­wide. The mar­gin of er­ror is 3.4 per­cent­age points.

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