Over-Dependence on Social Media: the Fight Back Begins? (BBC News / RSPH)

Summary

The Royal Society for Public Health is promoting the “Scroll Free September” campaign against over-use and emotional over-reliance upon social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. Not WordPress, obviously… (?)

If adopted, such a behavioural change would be expected – so the thinking goes – to result in improvements in emotional wellbeing, mental health, general productivity, educational attainment, plus better sleep hygiene and real-life relationships (particularly among the young).

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Scroll Free September: social media users urged to log off. London: BBC Health News, July 27th 2018.

This relates to:

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#StatusOfMind: Social media and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. London: The Royal Society for Public Health, July 2018.

Risks and Benefits of Social Media Use on Children’s Mental Health

The effects on mental health of social media usage in young persons are to be studied in greater depth:

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Social media data needed for ‘harm’ research, say doctors. London: BBC Health News, January 17th 2020.