59% of Young People Spend Over Two Hours a Day on Social Media

Between Instagram and TikTok, young people have no shortage of social media platforms that they can use to stay in touch with their friends and pass the time. In spite of the fact that this is the case, many studies have shown that this can have a detrimental impact that could make mental health among young people far worse than might have been the case otherwise.

With 59% of young people saying that they tend to surf social media for over two hours each and every day, these ill effects could quite quickly start to become more pronounced in the long run. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that almost 75% of young people between the ages of 13 and 24, or 74.3% to be precise, said they felt like they used social media a bit too much.

This comes from a report that was recently published by Amnesty International, and it indicates that young people are well aware of the perils of using social media more often than what would be considered healthy. 93% of survey respondents said that they had been exposed to some kind of disinformation whilst surfing the web, and 86% said that they were forced to block people because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up helping them see better content.

All in all, teenagers and young adults appear to hate the addictive nature of social media. They have spoken out about how they feel compelled to keep checking it in a rather obsessive way, and they have also outlined some changes that can be made to improve it with all things having been considered and taken into account.

Making better and more transparent privacy policies will be a good place to start. Also, changing the algorithm that often boosts inflammatory and enraging content will also be a decent step to take. Social media companies profit off of addictive design, and it does not seem likely that they’d be willing to make any changes.

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