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Social media linked to higher risk of depression in teen girls

Updated : January 04, 2019 09:41:42 IST

In a study analysing data from nearly 11,000 young people in Britain, researchers found that 14-year-old girls were heavier users of social media, with two-fifths of them using it for more than three hours a day, compared with a fifth of boys.
The study also found that 12 percent of light social media users and 38 percent of heavy social media users (five-plus hours a day) showed signs of having more severe depression.
Girls were also more affected when it came to social media use and concerns about body image, self-esteem and appearance, the researchers found, but here the gap with boys was smaller.
Social media linked to higher risk of depression in teen girls
Published : January 04, 2019 09:41 AM IST

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