Experts told how social networks actually affect children
Researchers from the University of Montreal and the University of Saint-Justin Medical Center (Canada) said that social networks and television kill adolescents' self-esteem and generally injure the fragile psyche.
It’s all a matter of social stratification of society into rich and poor, for example, when a child sees a photo of a successful and rich peer, he mentally begins to oppress himself, thinking that he is worse off.
This theory was experimentally proved with the participation of about 4 thousand teenagers, whose age ranged from 12 to 16 years.
In the course of scientific work, adolescents should regularly report how much time they spend watching TV, computer, and social networks, and what sensations they experience after what they see.
As a result, it was found that the development of symptoms of depression was commensurate with the increase in the time that children spent at the computer and watching television.
Scientists have explained this effect by the fact that in the media and social networks, teenagers quite often see images of their more prosperous and happy peers who lead an interesting, eventful life.