New Zealand scientists from the University of Otago have shown that the ban on social networks has little effect on the health and psyche of the child, in contrast to the quality of sleep, which is really worth watching.
The study involved 132 university students. Half of them used social networks Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat for no more than 10 minutes a day for one week for each application.
Compared with the control group, whose members used social networks in the previous mode, the study participants noted only minor changes in their mental and physical health. Most interestingly, even these minor changes were associated with improved sleep quality. By quitting social media, the subjects slept more and therefore felt slightly better.
Scientists advise parents not to focus on the use of social networks by the younger generation, but to focus on ensuring that the child follows the regime and gets enough sleep. That is, an important component of sleep hygiene should be a ban on the use of social networks in bed.
At the same time, researchers do not deny the possible influence of social networks on adolescents in terms of their increased sensitivity to certain topics. For example, to your own perception of your body against the background of photos on Instagram, etc.