Does social networking cause depression? Are there many users who may be experiencing this? A study at University College London addresses the issue, focusing on adolescent audiences.
According to the researchers, women under 14 are twice as likely to have symptoms of depression related to the use of social networks compared to men of the same age.
Young women who use them excessively (more than five hours a day) are at greater risk of having depressive symptoms. "Apparent, girls face these aspects of their lives more than children"Said Professor Yvonne Kelly, who led the study.
They and her on the networks
40% of the girls surveyed said they had suffered harassment online, also known as "cyberbullying"; however, among men, this percentage is 25%. In addition, 40% of adolescents commented that they are suffering insomnia, compared with 28% of them. In addition, among young women, low self-esteem and discomfort related to body image are more common.
"These findings are important for developing guidelines when using safe social networks. It also urges the industry to regulate the hours of use of these platforms, especially among young people, "Kelly said.
The specialist, a professor at the Institute of Epidemiology and Health of the British University, stressed that parents should take action in this regard and "stipulate when and where to use social networks."
According to Kelly, the findings of the study "renew concern about the evidence that Many younger women have a variety of mental health problems than young men, and the damage they can cause, including thoughts of self-harm and suicide. "
Simon Wessely, expert in psychiatry consulted by The Guardian, has said that it can not be definitively established that the use of social networks is detrimental to mental health, "although the evidence begins to point in that direction".
New wellness week
As concerns increase over the excessive use of digital instruments (social networks, mobile phones and more), what is called "prominent gains"digital wellbeing". Various organizations around the world urge developers and manufacturers to include features that help controlling the use of technology.
Some environments, such as the latest version of Android, phones and some social networks, have begun to include tools for hours of use, silence notifications and, above all, information that warns users of their habits, sometimes excessive.
"Everyone has to take responsibility, including social networking giants, to help young people develop and maintain a good mental state of health, instead of letting the problems develop to the point where they need help specialist ", concluded in this respect by the NHS, the National Health Service of England.