These findings support a recent Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Pisa survey which revealed that British students who spent more than six hours online per day had a weaker sense of belonging, felt lonelier and were more likely to be bullied.
The OECD Pisa survey also found that, British pupils in comparison to their global peers are more anxious and worried, with almost three quarters reporting feeling nervous before tests compared to a 55% international average.
The benefits of mental stimulation
Commenting on the findings, Rosi Prescott, our CEO, said:
“Our study found that many young people (those 24 years or younger) use social media as a way to improve their mood and sense of personal wellbeing, a much higher proportion than older groups.
“However, while this may be the effect when they are already feeling positive, the research found that using social media when in a low mood often exaggerates these negative feelings.
“These are, according to the data, involve undertaking physical activity or spending time with good friends or family. Mental stimulation, is also shown to improve feelings of wellbeing, such as completing a difficult task or learning something new.”