Is Social Media Bad for Teens and Young Adults?

Is social media bad for young adults? It's a question we've all asked ourselves, and the answer--or rather, answers--may surprise you.

Earlier this year, London's Royal Society for Public Health conducted a survey of nearly 1,500 14-to-24 year olds on the subject of social media. As the world's longest-established public health body, the RSPH focused the effort on how five major social platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and YouTube) are affecting the health and well-being of young people.

The final report delivers more than a few surprises. Plus, it proves that the news isn't all bad when it comes to posting, scrolling, liking and sharing. Read on to learn which social media site has the worst effect on the health and well-being of young people, which can offer a positive experience and much more.

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Lisa Petty is a Senior Online Editor for ACTIVE.com. Her journey in journalism has spanned print, online and broadcast mediums. Here at ACTIVEkids, Lisa specializes in curating content for today’s on-the-go families, from healthy recipes to fun workouts to advice that makes life a little easier. Follow Lisa on Facebook and Instagram.
Lisa Petty is a Senior Online Editor for ACTIVE.com. Her journey in journalism has spanned print, online and broadcast mediums. Here at ACTIVEkids, Lisa specializes in curating content for today’s on-the-go families, from healthy recipes to fun workouts to advice that makes life a little easier. Follow Lisa on Facebook and Instagram.

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