Among the survey’s other findings:
• 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.