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Anti-bullying charity says social media has negative effect on young people

Besi Besemar December 14, 2017

Leading anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label say that social media use is having a negative affect on the confidence of young people –  feeding anxiety and other mental health problems.

The charity found that young people are increasingly addicted to social media. headline findings include:

♦ 60% of young people are unable to go more than a day without using social media, whilst almost 1 in 3 are using it constantly.

♦  40% of respondents said they feel bad if nobody likes their selfie and 1 in 3 would delete a post if it didn’t get enough likes.

♦  72% said they would talk about the good things going on in their lives whilst only 32% said that they would talk about the negative things.

To raise awareness Ditch the Label have launched a new video taking a tongue in cheek look at social media addiction.

The video has been produced in partnership with Unilever owned male grooming brand Lynx (Axe in the US).

Liam Hackett
Liam Hackett

Liam Hackett, CEO of Ditch the Label: “Whilst this video pokes fun at social media addiction in a humorous and relatable way, the subject matter is actually incredibly serious and is influencing the ways in which we all communicate and see each other. There is a strong relationship between over consumption of the internet and things such as mental health and the development of social skills. Whilst we think that social media is generally a positive tool, we are using this video to highlight the benefits of using it in moderation. It is important for young people to feel like they can switch off from the internet and engage with others without feeling anxious about missing whatever it is going on offline.”

To read Ditch the Label’s Annual Bullying Survey 2017, click here: