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Impact Of Social Media On Adolescent's Mental Health

Pawan Ghanghoriya, Arpit Sohane, Asha Tiwari

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Background - Social media is most recent form of media and telecommunication which facilitates texting, images, audio, video sharing, fast publishing etc. Adolescents are rapidly shifting into social media use which has impact at both ends, as boon in form of communication and as bane in the form of mental health problems.Aim -To study prevalence of use of social media among adolescents and to assess association of social media use with depression, anxiety, and addiction in them.Method-Study Design - Observational Cross-sectional studyStudy Settings- Two Government schools in Central IndiaParticipants- 200 Subjects from class 8th and 9th of two Government Schools in Central IndiaResults- 42% subjects were from class 8th and 58 % subjects were from class 9th. 42.5% subjects were male and 57.5% were female. Prevalence of social media use was 81.5 %. Commonly used social media platforms were WhatsApp [77%], Facebook [39 %], Snapchat [24%] and Twitter [ 12 %]. 28 % subjects had Common Mental Disorders as per 12 Item General Health Questionnaire Score and 14.5 % subjects had depression as per Beck Depression Inventory-II score. Cases of depression were more amongst adolescents who used social media [15.9%] than those who did not [8.1%]. As number of sites used by adolescents increased, cases of common mental disorders [GHQ Score >12] increased. [ P value:0.044]Conclusion- Our study provide an important estimate of social media use amongst adolescents and burden of associated mental disorders like anxiety, depression. With 81.5% of adolescents using social media, it is important to understand how its use can impact mental well-being. There is high prevalence of depression among social media users which is alarming.

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IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON ADOLESCENT'S MENTAL HEALTH, Pawan Ghanghoriya, Arpit Sohane, Asha Tiwari, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PURE MEDICAL RESEARCH : Volume-7 | Issue-5 | May-2022

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