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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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Social media in the future should support the good life for young people

There are no guarantees that we will continue to use Facebook, Instagramor Snapchat in the future, but it is unlikely that we will stop using socialmedia altogether. Given the rapid rise and development of these digitaltechnologies (Facebook has only existed since 2006), it seems likely thatonline social networks will become even more sophisticated, complex,and powerful in the future, and therefore the debate about how we canimprove our digital well-being will continue.

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