According to British surveys, kids communicating on social media are less satisfied with life. The research from the Institute of Labor Economics states, that when kids spend more time on Social Networks chatting they feel reduced satisfaction about all parts of their lives except for their friendships.
From a national sample of British children below the ages of 10 – 15 collected from 2010 to 2014, researchers found out that spending just an hour on Social Websites reduced the probability of a child being completely satisfied with his or her life by about 14 percentage points. Other kids who might have been been exposed to cyber bullying had less time to think or do other things which would be of great benefits to their lives and well-being.
This matters because childhood experiences are important in shaping how children will succeed as adults so it is very important to pay attention to activities that impact on their lives either negatively or positively.
Social media are computer-mediated technologies that allow the creating and sharing of information, ideas, career interests and other forms of expression via virtual communities and networks. The variety of stand-alone and built-in social media services currently available introduces challenges of definition. However, there are some common features. They use use web-based technologies to create highly interactive platforms through which individuals, communities and organizations can share, co-create, discuss, and modify user-generated content or pre-made content posted online.