Journal article

The impact of social networking sites use on health-related outcomes among UK adolescents

A Serenko, O Turel, H Siddiqui

Computers in Human Behavior Reports | Elsevier | Published : 2021


This study explores the impact of social networking site (SNS) use on health outcomes in adolescents. By using data from the 2015-16 sweep of the Millennium Cohort Study, SNS use and its effects on sleep duration, healthy eating (fruits/vegetables intake, eating breakfast), and self-rated health was evaluated in 11,884 adolescents (13-17 year-old). SNS use was found to be negatively associated with general health through decreased sleep duration and reduced healthy eating. Females have a higher risk of being negatively affected by the extent of their SNS use, compared to males. IS developers and SNS providers should allow easier tracking and monitoring of the use of their systems, as well as..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful to the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS), UCL Institute of Education, for the use of these data and to the UK Data Service for making them available. However, neither CLS nor the UK Data Service bear any responsibility for the analysis or interpretation of these data.