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Does Social Media really Pose a Threat to Young People’s Well-being?

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This report examines the relationship in the Nordic region between the well-being of young people and their consumption of social media. Is the growing use of social media by young people a problem for their personal well-being and their participation in non-digital communities in society? The main conclusion is that we cannot judge the consumption of social media as something unequivocally positive or negative for the well-being of young people, without relating to a number of specific conditions, which significantly nuances the picture. We must relate to who uses the social media, which media they use and how long time they spend. We must also relate to how social media is used. When we take into account the above-mentioned conditions, we find a number of effects from young people's consumption of social media, which you can read about in the report.

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Foreword

The Ministers for Nordic Co-operation have set the goal that the Nordiccountries should be the best place in the world for children and youngpeople. However, we also know that there are a number of young peoplein the Nordic countries who are not happy – even though various reportsshow that the peoples of the Nordic countries, taken as a whole, areamong the happiest in the world.

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