Social media use and adolescent well-being: A narrative review of longitudinal studies

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Course-Choi, Jenna and Hammond, Linda 2021. Social media use and adolescent well-being: A narrative review of longitudinal studies. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. 24 (4), pp. 223-236. https://doi.org/10.1089/cyber.2020.0020
AuthorsCourse-Choi, Jenna and Hammond, Linda
Abstract

This article provides a narrative review of longitudinal studies investigating the impact of social media (SM) use on adolescent well-being from 2006 to 2019. A topic of popular concern, most research to date has been cross-sectional, limiting the inferences that can be drawn to correlational observations. Longitudinal studies add valuable input to extant scholarship, and they have begun to emerge in the literature. A systematic search of PsychINFO, Web of Science, and Assia conducted in January 2019 identified 14 papers meeting inclusion criteria. The article summarizes the evidence and highlights emerging trends. Most notably, research distinguishing type of SM use, as opposed to mere frequency of SM use, is producing more significant results, suggesting a need for study designs that are able to capture the complexities of SM engagement beyond time spent online. The review also sets out the limitations of the current studies, which include unvalidated, self-report exposure measures and a failure to consider conditional effects. Addressing these challenges will present avenues for future research.

KeywordsSocial media; Wellbeing; Adolescent; Literature review; Well-being
Year2021
JournalCyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
Journal citation24 (4), pp. 223-236
PublisherMary Ann Liebert Inc
ISSN2152-2715
2152-2723
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1089/cyber.2020.0020
Official URLhttps://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/cyber.2020.0020
Publication dates
Online27 Oct 2020
Print09 Apr 2021
Publication process dates
Deposited05 Dec 2022
Output statusPublished
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