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      #Sleepyteens: Social media use in adolescence is associated with poor sleep quality, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem

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      Journal of Adolescence

      Elsevier BV

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          This study examined how social media use related to sleep quality, self-esteem, anxiety and depression in 467 Scottish adolescents. We measured overall social media use, nighttime-specific social media use, emotional investment in social media, sleep quality, self-esteem and levels of anxiety and depression. Adolescents who used social media more - both overall and at night - and those who were more emotionally invested in social media experienced poorer sleep quality, lower self-esteem and higher levels of anxiety and depression. Nighttime-specific social media use predicted poorer sleep quality after controlling for anxiety, depression and self-esteem. These findings contribute to the growing body of evidence that social media use is related to various aspects of wellbeing in adolescents. In addition, our results indicate that nighttime-specific social media use and emotional investment in social media are two important factors that merit further investigation in relation to adolescent sleep and wellbeing.

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          Journal of Adolescence
          Journal of Adolescence
          Elsevier BV
          01401971
          August 2016
          August 2016
          : 51
          : 41-49
          Article
          10.1016/j.adolescence.2016.05.008
          27294324
          © 2016

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