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Thirty-one percent of US adults said social media has a positive effect on their mental health, per YouGov. However, almost as many (30%) feel it has a negative influence. Across generations, millennials are most likely to report a positive effect, while Gen Xers are more likely to cite a negative impact.
Beyond the chart: When it comes to the mental health of teens, nearly a fifth of US adults believe social media is completely responsible for the increase in depression among these younger users, per the YouGov study.
To help make social media a safer place for teens, companies like TikTok and Meta have incorporated age verification technology and screen time limits.
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Methodology: Data is from a March 2023 YouGov study as cited in company blog. 6,809 US adults ages 18+ were surveyed online during February 22-23, 2023. The sample was weighted according to gender, age, race, education, US census region, and political party.