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Social media and mental health

Thursday 9th June 2022

Watch this video abstract from Lizzy Winstone on her JCPP Advances paper ‘Adolescent social media user types and their mental health and well-being:

Results from a longitudinal survey of 13–14-year-olds in the United Kingdom’

Authors; Lizzy Winstone, Becky Mars, Claire M. A. Haworth, Jon Heron, Judi Kidger. First published: 10 March 2022

Several Wiltshire secondary schools contributed to the data.


Findings suggest that broadcasters—adolescents with high levels of content sharing in addition to messaging and browsing online—are most likely to be experiencing poor mental health a year later. Recommendations regarding social media use should expand to consider different user types, and mental health implications of their engagement with different online activities in addition to screen-time.

More details of ths research can be found here.

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