|Title||Is social media bad for mental health and wellbeing? Exploring the perspectives of adolescents|
|Authors||Whiteman, Natasha, O'Reilly, Michelle, Dogra, Nisha, Hughes, Jason, Eruyar, Seyda and Reilly, Paul|
Despite growing evidence of the effects of social media on the mental health of adolescents, there is still a dearth of empirical research into how adolescents themselves perceive social media, especially as knowledge resource, or how they draw upon the wider social and media discourses to express a viewpoint. Accordingly, this article contributes to this scarce literature. Six focus groups took place over 3 months with 54 adolescents aged 11–18 years, recruited from schools in Leicester and London (UK). Thematic analysis suggested that adolescents perceived social media as a threat to mental wellbeing and three themes were identified: (1) it was believed to cause mood and anxiety disorders for some adolescents, (2) it was viewed as a platform for cyberbullying and (3) the use of social media itself was often framed as a kind of ‘addiction’. Future research should focus on targeting and utilising social media for promoting mental wellbeing among adolescents and educating youth to manage the possible deleterious effects.
|Journal||Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry|
|Journal citation||23 (4), pp. 503-662|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1177/1359104518775|
|Published||20 May 2018|