Simon Wessely, an ex-president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, told the British newspaper The Guardian that the researchers "still can not definitely say that social media usage causes poor mental health, although the evidence is starting to point in that direction".
In a new paper, researchers analyzed the data of about 1,000 young people from the Millennium Cohort Study to see how social media use affects teenage boys and girls.
They also completed the Moods and Feelings Questionnaire which is used to screen for symptoms of depression.
As many as three-quarters of 14-year-old girls who suffer from depression also have low self-esteem, are unhappy with how they look and sleep for seven hours or less each night, the study found. "For girls, greater daily hours of social media use corresponded to a stepwise increase in depressive symptoms".More news: Ribery explodes: F*ck your mothers, your grandmothers and even your family tree
Washington D.C. [USA], Jan 06 (ANI): Social media has a greater impact on teen girls than boys of the same age, a study has observed.
At the point when the scientists took a gander at hidden procedures that may be connected with social media use and misery, they discovered 40 percent of teenage girls and 25 percent of young men had understanding of disturbed sleep or cyberbullying.
Percentage of girls in a study who reported experiencing disrupted sleep, compared with 28 per cent of boys.
The University College London team quizzed 11,000 14-year-olds on their social media exposure and emotions over a fortnight.More news: Fabregas makes emotional Chelsea farewell after FA Cup win
Professor Kelly added: "These findings are highly relevant to current policy development on guidelines for the safe use of social media and calls on industry to more tightly regulate hours of social media use for young people".
For those online five hours or more online - one in four girls, and one in eight boys - this rocketed to 38 per cent and 15 per cent respectively. Half of depressed girls and a quarter of depressed boys said that they suffer from disrupted sleep "most of the time". "Curfews for use and the overnight removal of mobile devices from bedrooms might also be something to consider".
The extent to which social media has embedded itself into the daily lives of people can not be understated.
The study, funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), was published online in the journal EClinicalMedicine on Friday.More news: Federal agencies told to hold off pay raises
"Nonetheless, it is likely that excessive use of social media does lead to poorer confidence and mental health", said Stephen Scott, director of the national academy for parenting research at the institute of psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience at King's College London.