Adverse Effects of Social Media

Adverse Effects of Social Media

by Brittany Harris on March 29, 2011

Statistics indicate that nearly 22% of teenagers log on to their favorite social media site more than ten times a day, and now it’s causing concern for doctors nationwide.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a new clinical report that offers research on the impact of social media on children, adolescents, and families.

"There are things that are missed in the communication, the way people say things, how you interact socially, I think it’s more the sense of isolation," said Dr. Vicki Whitacre with the Muskingum County Health Department.

Dr. Whitacre said people need human interaction and that spending hours on websites like Facebook can have adverse effects on a child’s mental health and could lead to depression. She said parents should monitor all computer and cell phone activity.

"Just like if you were having friends over or letting your child go to a friends house, you want to be sure you’re sending them to a safe place," she said.

She believes usage of computers and video games should be limited to no more than two hours a day.

For more information on the report, you can visit http://aap.org/advocacy/releases/socialmedia2011.htm