TOLEDO It is no surprise that social media adds a whole new level of stress to the lives of teens. However the reasons for it may surprise some parents.
A new report in the British Medical Journal the Lancet, shows that social media is more harmful for teen girls mental and physical health than boys.
The study points out that it's not social media that is the issue, it's that teen girls are spending so much time on social media that it gets in the way of getting enough exercise and sleep.
June 30 is Social Media Day. (MGN)
Teens need a minimum of 9 to 10 hours of sleep a night. Teen girls often spend all night and into the early morning hours on their phones monitoring social media sites, like Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter and Snapchat. If they were on these sites more than three times a day, it was considered "very frequent." Almost 60% of the impact on psychological distress in girls could be accounted for by lack of sleep, lack of physical activity and exposure to cyber bullying.
The study recommends parents focus not so much on completely shutting off social media use, as working with your teen to limit the use, especially when they should be sleeping. It also encourages parents to get involved in any program that works to combat cyber bullying.