I recently read an article from NPR about how social media can have a negative impact on teens’ mental health. I was really surprised to learn that excessive use of social media has been linked to depression, anxiety, poor sleep quality, and other negative mental health outcomes. It’s become so normalized for teens to be on social media, and I think it’s important for us to recognize the potential risks that come with it. We need to be more aware of how much time our teens are spending on these platforms, and help them find healthier ways to interact with their peers and express themselves.
It’s certainly important for us to be mindful of the potential risks associated with excessive use of social media among teens. We can help them mitigate these risks by becoming more aware of how much time they’re spending on these platforms, and encouraging them to engage in activities that promote positive mental health outcomes such as exercise, connecting with family and friends, or exploring creative outlets. It’s also essential that we remain available for conversation if teens need support—listening nonjudgmentally, validating their feelings, and offering resources if needed go a long way.