As social media becomes ever-more prevalent in the lives of today’s youth, there are more questions about its impacts on mental health. New research demonstrates unequivocally that social media presents both new challenges and new solutions in shaping cognitive, mental, and emotional development.
A recent British study released this year by the Royal Society for Public Health and the Young Health Movement fuelled concern. It found that four out the five most popular social media platforms may well be damaging young people’s mental health. A survey of nearly 1,500 fourteen to twenty-four year olds found that usage of these platforms increased feelings of inadequacy and anxiety.