A recent report, “Social Media Use and Children’s Wellbeing,” published by IZA Institute of Labor Economics, found that kids between 10 and 15 who spend as little as one hour a day chatting on social networks are overall less content.
An Hour a Day Keeps Happiness Away
“Spending one hour a day chatting on social networks reduces the probability of being completely satisfied with life overall by approximately 14 percentage points,” the study’s authors wrote in the paper’s conclusion.
The research, which was conducted from 2010 through 2014 and surveyed British households, was partially an effort to “contribute to wider debates about the socioeconomic consequences of the internet and digital technologies.”
Issues of cyberbullying, an increase in social comparisons, and a decrease in real-life, face-to-face activities were cited in the study as theories explaining “why extensive social media use may have a negative effect on children’s well-being.”