Obsession with social media ‘fuels anxiety in teenage girls’ – The Times

Parents should encourage teenagers to leave their phones downstairs when they go to bed, a study recommendedGETTY IMAGES

Teenage girls who check social media more than three times a day are more likely to be unhappy, anxious and dissatisfied with life, a study suggests.

Experts said the problems were not caused by social media sites but came about because increased social media use put teenagers at higher risk of cyberbullying and lack of sleep and exercise.

They recommended that parents encourage teenagers to leave their phones downstairs when they go to bed and to get plenty of physical exercise.

The study of nearly 10,000 British schoolchildren aged 13-16 found that girls who checked social media multiple times a day had a 38 per cent greater risk of suffering psychological distress.

Nearly three in ten girls (27.5 per cent) who frequently checked social media…

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