Does All That Social Media Time Harm Young Minds?

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on HealthDay.

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, texting: Sometimes it seems today’s young adults are online more often than not.

But new research suggests that the amount of time young adults spend on social media doesn’t seem to affect their risk for mental health problems.

The finding came from a study of 467 young adults who were asked about how much time each day they used social media, the importance of it in their lives and the way they used it. They also were asked about mental health issues such as social anxiety, loneliness, decreased empathy and suicidal thoughts.

The researchers found little association between the amount of time spent on social media and mental health problems. The results were published online Nov. 1 in the journal Psychiatric Quarterly.

The only area of concern was what the researchers called “vaguebooking,” which refers to social media posts that contain little actual and clear information but are worded in a way meant to trigger attention and concern in those who read the posts.

Young people who tended to write such posts were lonelier and had more suicidal thoughts than others, according to the study.

That finding suggests that “some forms of social media use may function as a ‘cry for help’ among individuals with pre-existing mental health problems,” lead author Chloe Berryman, of the University of Central Florida, said in a journal news release.

“Overall, results from this study suggest that, with the exception of vaguebooking, concerns regarding social media use may be misplaced,” she said.

Source: HealthDay
https://consumer.healthday.com/kids-health-information-23/adolescents-and-teen-health-news-719/does-all-that-social-media-time-harm-young-minds-728165.html

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[reposted by] Jim Liebelt

[reposted by] Jim Liebelt

Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family. Jim has over 30 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, having served over the years as a pastor, author, consultant, mentor, trainer, college instructor, and speaker. Jim’s HomeWord culture blog also appears on Crosswalk.com and Religiontoday.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Quincy, MA.

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