The BBC is reporting that a Cardiff University study suggests more than one out of every three 12- to 15-year-olds wake in the night at least once a week just to use social media.
More than one in five do so almost every night, leaving most constantly tired at school.
Out of all the 848 pupils surveyed in schools across Wales, one out of every three was constantly tired, but that proportion was smaller among those who got up at the same time every morning.
Staying up late had less of an impact.
Of the 412 12- to 13-year-olds surveyed:
- 17% stay up beyond midnight on school nights
- 22% wake to use social media almost every night
- a further 14% do so at least once a week
Of the 436 14- to 15-year-olds surveyed:
- 28% stay up beyond midnight on school nights
- 23% wake to use social media almost every night
- a further 15% do so at least once a week
…The data, drawn from a multi cohort study by the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods, is to be presented to the British Educational Research Association conference at Queen’s University, Belfast, on Tuesday.
This is the second research study reported in days that has linked night time social media use to tiredness in children and teenagers following the one from Glasgow University we covered on Saturday.
The idea that 22 or 23% of 12-15-yr-olds are waking every night to go onto social media is terrible. This has to be impacting their all-round wellbeing, let alone their performance in school.
Is it time for a concerted effort to warn parents of the impact of social media use on sleep and ask them to limit access to connected devices for children at night?
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