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  • Experts warn of potential dangers of social media use in teenagers
  • Research shows correlation between excessive social media use and mental health issues

Experts are warning of the potential dangers of social media use in teenagers, citing research that shows a correlation between excessive use of platforms like Instagram and Snapchat and mental health issues. A recent study found that teenagers who spent more than three hours a day on social media were more likely to report high levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness.

The study, published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, analyzed data from over 6,000 teenagers and found that those who spent more time on social media were also more likely to engage in risky behaviors such as smoking, drinking, and drug use. The researchers suggest that the constant comparison to others on social media, as well as the pressure to portray a perfect life online, can contribute to feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem in teenagers.

Experts recommend that parents and educators monitor teenagers’ social media use and encourage them to take breaks from their devices. They also advise teaching teens how to use social media in a healthy and constructive way, such as following positive accounts and limiting screen time. Additionally, mental health professionals stress the importance of open communication with teenagers about the effects of social media on their well-being.

While social media can be a valuable tool for connecting with others and sharing experiences, it is crucial for teenagers to be mindful of the potential negative impact it can have on their mental health. By setting boundaries and practicing self-care, teenagers can use social media in a way that enhances their lives rather than detracts from them.

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