Be­ware of overuse of so­cial me­dia

The Hitavada - - PASTIME -

LON­DON, Jan 13 (IANS)

TEENAGE girls who spend more time on so­cial me­dia have a higher risk of de­pres­sion than boys, a study has found.

Re­searchers led by Yvonne Kelly from the Uni­ver­sity Col­lege Lon­don (UCL) found that al­most 40 per cent of girls who spend more than five hours a day on so­cial me­dia show symp­toms of de­pres­sion, Xin­hua news agency re­ported.

How­ever, the rate is much lower for boys, which is less than 15 per cent.

Ac­cord­ing to Si­mon Wes­sely, for­mer pres­i­dent of the Royal Col­lege of Psy­chi­a­trists, the un­der­ly­ing pro­cesses of this phe­nom­e­non are not well un­der­stood.

The re­searchers “still can­not def­i­nitely say that so­cial me­dia usage causes poor men­tal health, al­though the ev­i­dence is start­ing to point in that direc­tion”, The Guardian quoted Wes­sely as say­ing. For the study, pub­lished in the jour­nal E-Clin­i­cal Medicine, the team in­cluded in­ter­views with al­most 11,000 14-yearolds.

They found that two-fifths of girls have suf­fered on­line ha­rass­ments or on­line bul­ly­ing com­pared to one-quar­ter of boys. Com­pared to 28 per cent of boys, 40 per cent of girls have suf­fered sleep loss be­cause of on­line habits. Girls were found more likely to have low self-es­teem and body weight dis­sat­is­fac­tion, and be un­happy with their ap­pear­ance, than boys.

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