Wednesday, September 28, 2016

How social media affects the health of children and young people.

Cyber bullying and Facebook Depression are associated with mental health problems in children and young people, but no cause and effect relationship has been proven. The authors recommend more research into this area.  J Paediatr Child Health. 2015 Dec;51(12):1152-7

Comment: The authors raise an important statistical fact: association does not equal causation. There is conflicting evidence regarding the benefits versus cons of social media. Benefits include greater social interactions along with less loneliness for the elderly and isolated. Cons include negative self-esteem and mood disorders, primarily in younger users. While these observations are interesting, the authors rightly point out that no cause and effect relationships have been scientifically proven.