After two or more hours a day of time on-line, suicide risk factors rose significantly. The second data set cited by Twenge correlated more time on social media with greater unhappiness, the reverse was not found; the degree of unhappiness didn’t lead to more social media use, although less use in one study did correlate with less unhappiness.As Twenge concludes, even if time online doesn’t directly harm mental health, it may still adversely affect it in indirect ways, like reducing face to face connection, an important aspect of happiness, and increasing isolation, a key risk factor for suicide.
According to the study that is cited in this article, about half of all teens in the US described themselves as being online “constantly”.
Does anyone have any feedback? Especially some of the young people here. What’s your experience been like with internet access and social media? How is it effecting you?