#Sleepyteens: social media use in adolescence is associated with poor sleep quality, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem

Woods, H. C. and Scott, H. (2016) #Sleepyteens: social media use in adolescence is associated with poor sleep quality, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. Journal of Adolescence, 51, pp. 41-49. (doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2016.05.008) (PMID:27294324)

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Abstract

This study examined how social media use related to sleep quality, self-esteem, anxiety and depression in 467 Scottish adolescents. We measured overall social media use, nighttime-specific social media use, emotional investment in social media, sleep quality, self-esteem and levels of anxiety and depression. Adolescents who used social media more – both overall and at night – and those who were more emotionally invested in social media experienced poorer sleep quality, lower self-esteem and higher levels of anxiety and depression. Nighttime-specific social media use predicted poorer sleep quality after controlling for anxiety, depression and self-esteem. These findings contribute to the growing body of evidence that social media use is related to various aspects of wellbeing in adolescents. In addition, our results indicate that nighttime-specific social media use and emotional investment in social media are two important factors that merit further investigation in relation to adolescent sleep and wellbeing.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cleland Woods, Heather and Scott, Mrs Holly
Authors: Woods, H. C., and Scott, H.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Journal Name:Journal of Adolescence
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0140-1971
ISSN (Online):1095-9254
Published Online:10 June 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Elsevier
First Published:First published in Journal of Adolescence 51:41-49
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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