Benefits and Costs of Social Media in Adolescence
In 2015, American adolescents aged 13 to 18 years reported using social media 1 hour and 11 minutes a day, 7 days a week. Social media are used for a variety of activities, including sharing information, interacting with peers, and developing a coherent identity. In this review of the research, we examine how social media are intertwined with adolescent development and assess both the costs and benefits of adolescent social media use. We include suggestions for further research and recommendations for clinicians, policy makers, and educators.
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Uhls, Y. T., Ellison, N. B., & Subrahmanyam, K. (2017). Social Media in Adolescence: Selected Benefits and Costs. Pediatrics, 140, S67-S70. 10.1542/peds.2016-1758E