General Article 3+ hours daily social media use linked to poor sleep patterns in UK teens

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Findings provide ‘meaningful evidence’ for adolescent health and wellbeing, say researchers.

An article from The BMJ

Spending three or more hours a day on social media is associated with poor sleep patterns, such as falling asleep after 11 pm on school nights and waking during the night, among UK teens, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open.

The findings “provide rigorous and meaningful evidence to inform practice and policy to support healthy adolescent sleep and social media use,” say the researchers.

There is growing concern about the possible impact of screen time, and specifically social media use, on the mental health and wellbeing of young people. But there is little clear evidence to inform policy and clinical practice in this area.

To address this knowledge gap, the researchers set out to generate a typical profile of social media use and sleep patterns among UK teens.

They analysed data for 11,872 adolescents (aged 13-15) from the UK Millennium Cohort ...

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