Research + News | Topic: Social Media

Pope Warns Against ‘False’ Images of Social Media

Pope Francis takes a swipe at social media in a new message recorded for 2017 World Youth Day on April 9, warning young people not to be deceived by “false images,” which not only fail to reflect reality but encourage the atomization of society. Read the article here.

Popular Comedy YouTubers Kids Go Crazy Over

From silly skits to wacky challenges to entertaining rants, YouTube offers kids quick hits of comedy that they can’t find anywhere else.

Read the article from Common Sense Media here.

For Kids, Social Is A Key Source For News

Nearly four in 10 get news from social networks. Read the article here.

Parents: Get Off Your Phone

Suggestions from Tim Elmore and his Growing Leaders blog. Read the blog post here.

Five Ways To Protect Students From Social Media

Tim Elmore says in a recent blog post, “Social media has become such an influential factor in students’ lives so rapidly, that, by and large, we’ve not figured out how to “civilize” it yet.”

Read the rest of the post here.

There’s No Crying On Social Media!

Young adults are desperate not to let peers see any signs of weakness or failure.

Read this article/book review by Andrew Root for Christianity Today here.

Sleep Loss In Teens Linked To Social Media

Sleep loss in teenagers is correlated with frequent social media use, according to a new study by researchers in the UK, titled “Sleepless in school? The social dimensions of young people’s bedtime rest and routines” published in the Journal of Youth Studies.

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Are Teens Replacing Drugs with Social Media?

Today’s teens are a bunch of squares, according to the Monitoring the Future study from Michigan University, which has measured drug and alcohol use among teenagers since 1975. Every year, researchers survey approximately 45,000 eighth, 10th, and 12th graders, and their 2015 results show the lowest percentage of teens using alcohol and drugs since 1990. Read the full article here.

Just One Hour A Day On Social Media Makes Teens Miserable

Social media sites help us stay connected, but for younger teens, the cost of online connectivity can be steep. Read the article here.

Using Multiple Social Platforms Linked to Depression

Young adults who use multiple social media platforms are more likely to experience symptoms of depression than peers who user fewer, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health. Read the full article here.