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Anxiety and addiction, 10% of adolescents with social disorders

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Anxiety and addiction, 10% of adolescents with social disorders

According to a recent report on digital technologies and social media use among teenagers, it has been revealed that around 4 out of 5 teenagers use social media every day. The report, part of the international multicenter study HBSC (Health Behavior in School-aged Children), highlighted that one in 10 teenagers are at risk of developing “problematic use” of social media.

The report, published by the ISS in collaboration with the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Europe, surveyed 89,321 boys and girls aged 11 to 17 years old from all over Italy. It found that teenagers are experiencing anxiety about accessing social media, a desire to spend more and more time online, abstinence when offline, and a failure to control their use of these platforms. Additionally, the report noted that social media use is causing neglect of other activities, tension with parents and others, and a range of problematic behaviors.

One concerning finding from the report is that girls are at higher risk for problematic social media use compared to boys. The report noted that the inability to control the time spent on social media and using these platforms to escape negative feelings are the most recognized symptoms among teenagers of all age groups.

In terms of gaming behavior, the report found that males are more exposed to risky behaviors associated with video games. About four in five boys reported daily or weekly use of video games, compared to only two in five girls. The report also highlighted that the frequency of gaming decreases as age increases for both sexes, with different trends observed for boys and girls.

Overall, the report sheds light on the potential risks associated with excessive social media use and gaming among teenagers. It is crucial for parents, educators, and policymakers to address these issues and provide support to teenagers to help them navigate the digital world safely and responsibly.

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