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Social media is having a significant impact on young people’s mental well-being.

Dec 22 2021

Social media is having a significant impact on young people’s mental well-being. According to a study from ExpressVPN, 100% of 16-24-year-olds surveyed have a social media account, and YouTube and TikTok are the platforms they spend the most amount of time on per day (YPulse’s social media monitor research shows TikTok use has steadily increased among Gen Z in 2021). Half of 16-24-year-olds are envious of people without a social media presence while 51% are concerned about social media addiction. Social media entered their lives at young ages, pushing them to join platforms like Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat in elementary or middle school because they were the “hot” new way to keep up with friends. Years later, however, there’s a clearer picture of how social media is affecting young people’s mental health. About 80% of 16-24-year-olds report their happiness, self-esteem, self-image, anxiety, loneliness, and depression have all been impacted by social media. Meanwhile, 62% say the “Hide Likes” feature on Instagram and Facebook has decreased their anxiety around posting, and around half admit to having deleted a post because it was not getting enough likes. (ExpressVPN)