The Royal Society for Public Health and the Young Health Movement have published a new report, #StatusOfMind, which studies the impact of social media usage on the mental health of young people. The recently published report includes a 'league table' of social media platforms, which ranks them according to the level of impact on young people’s mental health. According to the report, YouTube carries the most positive effects whilst platforms such Instagram and Snapchat are seen to negatively impact the state of young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
Social media usage is most prevalent between those aged 16-24 and with 91% of young people using social media, it clearly plays an extremely significant role in their daily lives. The report highlights the potential links between anxiety, depression, sleep problems, body image issues and cyberbullying. For example, following the boom in social media usage, cases of anxiety and depression have increased by 70% in the past 25 years. However it's not all doom and gloom, as the positive aspects of social media usage are also explained, such as improving access to healthcare information, creating a network of emotional support, enabling self expression and maintaining communication and relationships.
Please go to the Royal Society for Public Health website for further information and to access the full report.