Round Research#5

Inquiry Question: How does social media affect teens(13-19 years old)?

Round research#5 focuses on:

  1. How does social media affect teens' mental health
  2. why teens feel lonely while using social media sometimes
  3. How parents get involved in teens' social media using


  •  Social media can affect the mental health of teens.  The level of effect, according to research, seems to go up as teens’ use goes up.  Their level of contentment can decrease, and their likelihood of getting into trouble or being depressed can increase (Rideout, 2010).  From (1)
  • Teens who use Facebook tend to be more narcissistic, antisocial, and aggressive (Rosen, 2011). From (1)
  • Some teens who have engaged in sexting have been threatened or charged with felony child pornography charges, although some states have started characterizing such behaviors as juvenile-law misdemeanors.20,21 Additional consequences include school suspension for perpetrators and emotional distress with accompanying mental health conditions for victims. From (2)
  • Social media is addictive and it triggers more sadness, less well-being. From (4)
  • We get caught in the delusion of thinking social media will help. From (4)
  • The report suggests that if you spend over two hours a day on social networks, your chances of feeling socially isolated are twice as high. From (5)
  • They found that people who visit social networks over 58 times a week are three times more likely to feel lonely than those who use the sites under nine times. From (5)
  • The scientists allowed for demographic differences and maintained that there’s a link between social media usage and loneliness. From (5)
  • Too much time on sites like Twitter, Snapchat, Reddit, and Tumblr “may elicit feelings of envy and the distorted belief that others lead happier and more successful lives. From (6)
  • Consider taking part in an online discussion as a virtual guest speaker in child’s class. Social networking makes it easy for parents get involved at school by answering questions or taking part in the conversation without having to take a day off work. From (3)
  • Monitor a teen’s Internet and Social Media use. Be involved and know what sites or apps a teen is using. If needed, purchase an app that allows parents to view all activity in one convenient location. From (7)
  • Parents of younger teens tend to keep a more watchful eye on the types of websites their teen visits and are also more likely to use parental tools to monitor or block online content. From (8)


  1. 'The Effects of Social Media on Children' written by Angela Barnes and Christine Laird on June 6th, 2012
  2. 'Clinical Report: The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and Families' Written by O'Keefe, Gwenn Schuirgin in 2011
  3. 'Class,  Get Ready to Tweet: Social Media in the Classroom' Written by William Kist in 2012
  4. Posted by Alice G. Walton on June 30th, 2017
  5. Posted by Rachel Hosie on March 6th, 2017
  6. 'Too much social media increases loneliness and envy study' Posted by Mark Molloy on March 6th, 2017
  7. Posted on February 10th, 2015
  8. Posted by Monica Anderson on January 7th, 2016 
Original Post

Hey Charlotte! 

This is an awesome round of research, and an even better topic! I also believe that there is a very distinct correlation between a teen's emotional state and how the present themselves on social media, which is why it is super exciting to see you doing research about it! 

If you decide to continue on with this research, here are some links which may be helpful:

Good luck!  

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