Research results that more than 20% of young people use SNS for more than 3 hours a day, and SNS addicts have up to 78% higher mental health risk



Using social media such as Facebook and Twitter has become commonplace among young people. There are 30.7% of young people who use social media every day for 30 minutes to 3 hours, and 12.3% of young people who spend more than 3 hours but less than 6 hours every day in social media. A study has been published in the American Medical Association Journal (JAMA) that the above risk is up to 78% higher.

Associations Between Time Spent Using Social Media and Internalizing and Externalizing Problems Among US Youth | Adolescent Medicine | JAMA Psychiatry | JAMA Network

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The published study is a cohort study that longitudinally surveyed 6595 American youths over 3 years. The subjects were men and women who were 12 to 15 years old at the start of the survey, and surveys were conducted on social media usage time and mental health status every year.

The survey on the usage time of social media is `` less than 30 minutes '' and `` less than 30 minutes but less than 3 hours '' about the usage time of social media such as Facebook, Google Plus, YouTube, MySpace, Linkedin, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat etc. The subject himself / herself selects an answer from the choices of “3 hours or more and less than 6 hours” or “6 hours or more”. As a result of the survey, 31.8% of all subjects were 'less than 30 minutes', 30.7% were 'more than 30 minutes but less than 3 hours', 12.3% were 'more than 3 hours but less than 6 hours', 8.4% were '6 hours' The remaining 16.8% chose no answer.



The mental health survey used a simple test called GAIN-SS, which is used to select patients with mental health problems and drug problems. Research shows that using social media for more than 6 hours increases mental health risk by 78% compared to young people who did not use social media. The risk is 60% for 3 hours and less than 6 hours, 37% for 30 minutes and less than 3 hours, and 23% for less than 30 minutes.

The mental health problem associated with the use of social media is called “ Internalizing disorder ”. Internalization disorder is a group of disabilities that are considered to be internal experiences such as conflicts, emotions, anxiety, depressed mood, and obsessive symptoms, and is said to be related to depression, anxiety, and loneliness.



Kira Reem of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the first author of the paper, told Inverse, who reported the news, 'The cause of social media being linked to internalization disorders is 'I can think of bullying, poor sleep, and the gap between my ideal image and reality on social media.' He states that social media use is associated with sleep deprivation because light from smartphones and monitors can adversely affect sleep, despite mental problems.

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