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Social media use and adolescent sleep patterns: cross-sectional findings from the UK millennium cohort study
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    Media Usage and Sleep Patterns

    I found the results of this study very relatable and thought-provoking. Following and posting on social media is a major past time for many teenagers and young adults. The study found that those who spent the most time on their electronic devices, (five hours or more) also had much later bedtimes. Therefore, it is not surprising that the study links the amount of time spent on social media with poor sleeping patterns. The researchers pointed out as well that the use of social media is a reflection of our current culture and links it to negative effects and behaviors on today’s youth. It was found that very high social media users were more likely to have nightmares, feelings of depression, and anxiety. The researchers make suggestions for parents on how to manage the time that their children spend on media outlets, such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter. I thought the research was well balanced as it included a large number of participants aged 13-15 years from the U.K. I think this type of research is important to help parents evaluate how the use of social media is affecting their children’s lives. Adequate sleep is obviously necessary to be healthy, both physically and mentally. The study also links later sleep onset in students to poor academic performance and emotional fluctuations. The emphasis is placed on helping heavy social media users balance their online interactions appropriately. The research inspires parents to become more involved in monitoring...

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