The utilization of social media such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat has increased dramatically in recent years. This has become especially intense among adolescents and young adults. A recent Ontario study indicates that 80 per cent of young people use social media on a daily basis, with almost 50 per cent using it for over two hours per day.
What is the impact of social media usage on the mental health of young people? This is a pressing question for psychiatric researchers, who have conducted rigorous studies on the topic.
These studies produce consistent findings: heavy utilization of social media is associated with poorer mental health.