According to research, young people use Instagram and TikTok before bed to avoid dealing with difficult feelings and emotions
What did you do just before you went to bed? Do you pause occasionally to consider today or to get ready for tomorrow? Meditate? Finished a book? Or do you access your social media accounts for a "dare last glance"? Know that you are not the only one who wastes hours in the evening on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.
Research by the British company Vita Health Group indicates that 56% of 18 to 24 year olds admit to using social media apps every day as a habit, with 50% of respondents using them before bed at least once a week or more. These facts by themselves are not brand-new. Particularly when we consider the statistics regarding how much time children spend reflecting and introspecting. In fact, the study found that 76% of respondents in the same age group claimed they did not regularly take the time to reflect on their feelings and emotions.
The researchers claim that these data somehow show that we use social media to avoid dealing with real-life situations and emotions, despite the fact that there is obviously an undefined direct between the two results. But mental health is more popular than ever right now. And with good cause. In fact, the pandemic has had a negative impact on young people's mental health. Recent studies show that one in four young people admit to feeling "unable to cope with life" since the pandemic began; this number rises to 40% for those who do not work or attend school.
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