Social media use harmful to teen girls’ mental health: Study

The new study out of the U.K. found social media was harmful because of cyberbullying, physical inactivity and poor sleep.
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Robin, we turn now to a new study about teenage girls and social media. Studies finding it can be harmful to their mental health because of cyberbullying, what. Cos with social media, and the poor sleep. Dr. Ashton is here. Break down the study. Why is this one important sh. This study was done in the uk, and they looked at over 13,000 teens, aged 13 to 16 acknowledging that social media can have both positive as well as negative effects and it can be active and passive. The teens who use the most social media got the least sleep and least exercise, had the highest stress and it hit girls particularly hard. 27% reporting high psychological the culprit appears to be not the use of social media, but the fact that they weren't getting enough sleep and physical activity. That's a big point not just for teenage girls, but for boys, but the sleep issue is a big component of this. It is huge, and I can't overemphasize this. Teenagers need 9 to 10 hours of sleep a night, and then in terms of tips for parents, we need to make sleep a priority in this country. We don't. We need to power down at night, especially teenagers, so the sir Kade yum rhythms can take effect. Do what you are doing on the weekends, during the week. You can't make up for it, and long-term consequences, the medical data is clear. There are cardiovascular, heart disease effects, mental health effects to inadequate sleep. We need to think of the long game here. We can't make up on the Bad news for us. I know. People need to hear this. It's not a luxury. It's a necessity. Especially teenagers. Thanks. You bet it. We got a candid new message

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