Daily time spent with media

According to the Datareportal January 2022 global overview (see the next slide), social media growth is continually increasing:

  • More than half of the world now uses social media (58.4%)
  • 4.62 billion people around the world now use social media,  424 million new users have come online within the last 12 months
  • The average daily time spent using social media is 2h 27m.

Many schools are now embracing the social media development. By understanding this movement, schools can make better choices on how to utilize social media in education.

Click on the infographics from Online Universities to view them and learn more about the social media in education and the advantages and disadvantages of them.

“Social media itself doesn’t cause harm, but that frequent use may disrupt activities that have a positive impact on mental health such as sleeping and exercising, while increasing exposure of young people to harmful content, particularly the negative experience of cyber-bullying,” study co-author Russell Viner of the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health said in a statement.

In other words: Social media itself might not be to blame for mental health issues; rather, it takes away from girls’ sleep quality and exercise while exposing users to cyberbullying, and that’s what leads to lower well-being and problems with mental health.

Bob Patton, a lecturer in clinical psychology at the University of Surrey, said this means strategies focusing only on reducing social media use as a tool to improve well-being or mental health might not help.

“Building strategies to increase resilience to cyberbullying and that promote better sleep and exercise behaviours may well be what is needed to reduce both physical and psychological harms,” Patton, who was not involved in the research, said in a statement.

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The threats of fake news, social media misinformation, and lightning-fast information transmission have made digital tools dangerous to handle. Watch the video below to find out some of the risks associated with the content disseminated through social networks on our mental health: