Woods, H.C. et al. (2016)
Journal of Adolescence, 51: 41

“Constant incoming alerts create considerable pressure to be available 24/7 and contribute to a fear of missing out (FOMO),” according to one of the most rigorous studies on adolescent social media consumption. Thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones, social media apps are creating social pressures to be available and respond at all times - and today’s young people are untrained and unequipped to deal with these very new, yet urgent, digital social pressures. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The researchers found strong positive correlations between social media consumption and depression (.80), anxiety (.72), and low self-esteem (.83). They also found a secondary significant correlation between these traits, social media use, and nighttime use and poor sleep quality. This provides even more evidence, to add to a mounting body of literature, which suggests that we should probably be a bit more vigilant when it comes to young people laying with their smartphones in bed all night. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
For more, read the paper here: Woods, H. C., & Scott, H. (2016). Sleepy teens: Social media use in adolescence is associated with poor sleep quality, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. Journal of Adolescence, 51, 41- 49. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2016.05.008