Study suggests social media may harm teens’ mental health

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It’s estimated that seven in 10 Americans use social media. Now, new evidence suggests those platforms may be harmful to a teen’s mental health.

A new study in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal suggests these platforms increase a teen’s exposure to bullying and can interfere with their sleep and exercise. This can then harm their mental health.

Some are more vulnerable than others.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta says this is more prevalent in girls.

Gupta also said there are clear changes in the brain during social media use. What’s unknown now is whether there are long-term effects.

Gupta said parents should not only pay attention to their teen’s screen time, but also monitor the frequency — how often the child is on social media each day.

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