Screened out: meeting the challenge of technology and young people’s wellbeing
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Gordon Cameron and James Lloyd

This report explores how the growth of social networking sites and new screen-based technologies has affected teenagers’ well being. Based on a survey of around 5,000 young people aged 10-15, it found significant negative associations between increased screen-based media exposure, social-networking site use and levels of happiness.

Teenagers who played computer games for one to three hours per day were 41% less likely to be happy than those who played for less than one hour, rising to 58% for those who played for more than four hours. Those who used social-networking sites for more than four hours a day were at least twice as likely to experience socio-emotional difficulties.

The authors suggest the establishment of national guidelines for screen-based media and social-networking site usage among young people, and a concerted attempt to empower young people through public health and education campaigns around how social media usage may affect their well being. 

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Gordon Cameron and James Lloyd

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Strategic Society Centre (SSC)

Date of publication:
October 2015

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Putting the case for greater awareness among young people around the effects of social media usage on their well being, this report will be particularly interesting to education professionals with pastoral responsibilities. 


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