Spending an hour a day on social media can affect kids’ happiness: study

Spending an hour a day on social media can affect kids’ happiness: study

Children who spend merely an hour each day on social media may actually feel less satisfied with their lives, a new study published by the IZA Institute of Labor Economics suggested.

Teenagers can often be seen obsessively checking their feeds on various social media sites on their mobile devices. But, researchers found that behind their smiling selfies, teenagers mightn’t be as happy as they try to show in the photos.

The researchers looked at data on children and teens, ages 10 to 15 years old, in the United Kingdom from 2010 to 2014. The children were all participating in the U.K. Household Longitudinal Study that involved a representative sample of more than 40,000 households across the country.

They also found that girls suffer more adverse effects of spending more than an hour daily on social media than boys.

Sharing their findings, the researchers wrote, “Our results suggest that spending more time on social networks reduces the satisfaction that children feel with all aspects of their lives, except for their friendships … girls suffer more adverse effects than boys.”

This isn’t the first study to point out the adverse effects of increasing use of social media on children. In 2011, a study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics warned parents that so-called “Facebook depression” among teens could make it more difficult for them to handle their kids.