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A large study ended with an important conclusion for parents of teenage girls - Walla! health

2021-02-18T05:37:26.734Z

The study, which lasted 10 years, followed young adolescents until adolescence. His findings should concern every parent, but especially parents of adolescent girls



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A large study ended with an important conclusion for parents of adolescent girls

The study, which lasted 10 years, followed young adolescents until adolescence.

His findings should concern every parent, but especially parents of adolescent girls

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Thursday, 18 February 2021, 07:59

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The girls in particular are at greater risk.

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As if the mental state of teens and children has not deteriorated enough following the closures of the corona plague, a new 10-year study shows alarming results for teens who spend many hours in front of computer screens.

Especially for the girls.



Through annual surveys between 2009 and 2019, researchers at Brigham University tracked the patterns of media use and their relationship to the mental health of 500 adolescents.

They found that although the use of social networks had little effect on boys' suicide risk, the situation was completely different for girls.

Girls who used social media for at least two to three hours a day at the beginning of the study - when they were 13 - and then greatly increased their use over time were at a higher clinical risk of suicide as adults.

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The lead researchers whose study was published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence made it clear that the findings do not support that parents should ban the use of all social media apps, but have a responsibility.

"Thirteen is not a bad age to start social networks, but parents should set boundaries and even maintain access to their children's accounts, at least in the beginning," the researchers wrote.

More sensitivity to the effects of media.

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"Something about this specific pattern of use of social media is particularly harmful to young girls," said Professor Sarah Quinn, lead author of the study.

She noted that girls' social inclinations may make them more sensitive to the negative effects of social media.

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"Studies show that girls and women in general are more sensitive to interpersonal stress, and social media is related to all relationships," Quinn explained.

"At 13, girls are just beginning to be willing to deal with the 'darker side' of social media, like FOMO (fear of missing out), constant comparisons and cyberbullying. A 13-year-old is probably developmentally unprepared for three hours of social media a day."



Kevin suggests that parents limit the social media time of young teens to about 20 minutes a day, maintain access to their accounts and often talk to teens about what they see on social media.

Over time teens can gradually increase their use of social networks and their autonomy.

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