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Report warns about negative aspects of social media addiction, especially for teens

A new report done by the Royal Society for Public Health and the Young Health Movement looks into habits of young people and their use of social media. (KSNV file)

If you feel you are constantly checking your Facebook, Instagram or other social media pages, you're not alone. Though, these days, some researchers are warning about of negative effects social media addiction can have in people especially in teenagers.

A recent study by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and the Young Health Movement titled #StatusOfMind looked into the habits of young people online. Researchers found that YouTube tops the list as having the most positive impact on a teen’s mental health, while apps like Instagram and Snapchat were found to be the most detrimental.

Local board-certified clinical psychologist, Dr. Carli Snyder, says social media pages flooded with filtered or photo-shopped images, like Instagram and Snapchat, can fill a teenager’s head with an unrealistic desire to look and even feel a certain way.

"Snapchat and Instagram are all based on likes and comments and I think kids crave to know that they're liked,” Snyder said. “If you have a teenager or you work with teenagers, you see, when their phone is taken away how they react, and it is almost like a withdrawal.”

Snyder says parents should monitor what their kids are looking at online, while working with them to develop social-skills outside of the world wide web.

She also heads a support systems here in town called Girl Nation aimed at building self-esteem in teenagers throughout Southern Nevada. Girl Nation workshops focus on cultivating skills like leadership, body-image and self-worth. If you’re interested in learning more click here.

For the full report, go here.

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