Form 5 stu­dents are highly en­gag­ing on so­cial me­dia

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Euro­pean School Project on Al­co­hol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) is a study which shows that a great ma­jor­ity of Mal­tese ado­les­cents are en­gag­ing reg­u­larly on so­cial me­dia and many of them for a very long pe­riod dur­ing the day.

In­for­ma­tion col­lected from over 3,000 Form 5 stu­dents across Malta and Gozo shows that 87% of these stu­dents have used the in­ter­net dur­ing four of the pre­vi­ous seven days. More­over, 44% of them have used so­cial me­dia for four hours or more dur­ing the day.

This study is con­ducted ev­ery four years among 15-16 year old stu­dents. This is the sixth re­port that has been pub­lished and this year it in­cludes in­ter­net use and gam­bling as po­ten­tial leads to ad­dic­tion. The sur­vey was car­ried out as an anony­mous ques­tion­naire in 35 Euro­pean coun­tries, in­clud­ing Malta. In Malta, the study was car­ried out by Aġen­z­ija Sedqa within the Foun­da­tion for So­cial Wel­fare Ser­vices (FSWS).

In the anal­y­sis of the data about the use of the in­ter­net, the re­port shows that stu­dents were most likely to en­gage in so­cial me­dia ac­tiv­i­ties, with 85% of the re­spon­dents us­ing so­cial me­dia on four or more days. These were fol­lowed by stream­ing or down­load­ing, in­for­ma­tion seek­ing and surf­ing, on­line gam­ing, con­sump­tion ac­tiv­i­ties and on­line gam­bling re­spec­tively. On a pos­i­tive note, only 1% of the re­spon­dents said that they use the in­ter­net for on­line gam­bling.

The re­sults also show that girls have used the in­ter­net for more days and hours on so­cial me­dia, stream­ing/down­load­ing and in­for­ma­tion seek­ing. Buys spent more time than girls on gam­ing and on gam­bling ac­tiv­i­ties.

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