Adolescent social media use and well-being: a systematic review and thematic meta-synthesis.
Shankleman, M., Hammond, L. and Jones, F. W. 2021. Adolescent social media use and well-being: a systematic review and thematic meta-synthesis. Adolescent Research Review. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40894-021-00154-5
|Authors||Shankleman, M., Hammond, L. and Jones, F. W.|
Qualitative research into adolescents’ experiences of social media use and well-being has the potential to offer rich, nuanced insights, but has yet to be systematically reviewed. The current systematic review identified nineteen qualitative studies in which adolescents shared their views and experiences of social media and well-being. A critical appraisal showed that overall study quality was considered relatively high and represented geographically diverse voices across a broad adolescent age range. A thematic meta-synthesis revealed four themes relating to well-being: connections, identity, learning, and emotions. These findings demonstrated the numerous sources of pressures and concerns that adolescents’ experience, providing important contextual information. The themes appeared related to key developmental processes, namely attachment, identity, attention, and emotional regulation that provided theoretical links between social media use and well-being. Taken together, the findings suggest that well-being and social media are related by a multifaceted interplay of factors. Suggestions are made that may enhance future research and inform developmentally appropriate social media guidance.
|Keywords||Adolescents; Teenagers; Social media; Well-being; Wellbeing|
|Journal||Adolescent Research Review|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1007/s40894-021-00154-5|
|Online||17 Apr 2021|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||03 Apr 2021|
|Deposited||19 Apr 2021|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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