Mental Health

Social Media and the Well-Being of Arkansas Youth

August 3, 2023


ACHI Communications

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The connection between social media, mental health, and adolescent development is complex. To help Arkansas parents, caregivers, educators, and policymakers better understand the impact of children’s social media use and take steps to minimize possible harm, ACHI developed this infographic highlighting recent research and guidance. 


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    2. JAMA Psychiatry. (2019). Associations Between Time Spent Using Social Media and Internalizing and Externalizing Problems Among US Youth.
    3. Nature Communications. (2022). Windows of Developmental Sensitivity to Social Media.
    4. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. (2011). Online Social Networking and Addiction—A Review of the Psychological Literature.
    5. Current Addiction Reports. (2015). Online Social Network Site Addiction: A Comprehensive Review.
    6. Common Sense Media. (2022). Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens, 2021.
    7. Sleep Medicine Reviews. (2021). Interplay Between Social Media Use, Sleep Quality, and Mental Health in Youth: A Systematic Review.
    8. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. (2018). No More FOMO: Limiting Social Media Decreases Loneliness and Depression.
    9. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. (2015). Sleep Variability in Adolescence is Associated with Altered Brain Development.
    10. Clinical Psychology Review. (2020). Sleep and Suicide: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Longitudinal Studies.
    11. Sleep Medicine Reviews. (2014). Functional Consequences of Inadequate Sleep in Adolescents: A Systematic Review.
    12. Common Sense Media. (2018). Social Media, Social Life: Teens Reveal Their Experiences.
    13. Common Sense Media. (2023). Teens and Mental Health: How Girls Really Feel About Social Media.
    14. Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment Survey. (2019). Student Survey.
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