Teens are spending more time on Instagram than anywhere else: New study article Teen-led research suggests that teens are spending up to eight hours per day on Instagram, but it’s not clear whether that’s true across the board.
In a new study, researchers at Emory University and Harvard University surveyed 1,000 teenagers aged 14 to 18 and found that teens who posted more than 200 photos per day were twice as likely to post at least one photo per day as those who posted fewer.
The researchers also found that Instagram posts were linked to significantly more photos and videos, with more than half of teens saying they had posted more photos in the past 30 days.
What teens are doing onlineThe researchers also asked teens about their Instagram habits, which was a key measure in their study.
They asked participants how often they shared photos on Instagram and the average time it took for them to do so.
Seventy-five percent of the teens said they had shared a photo or video about one hour or less, compared to 37 percent of teens who said they shared a picture or video between two and six hours.
This suggests that the teens are also consuming a greater volume of content, as well as more images and videos.
This is in line with the data from Facebook and Snapchat, which suggest that teens use the social network more frequently than their peers.
However, the researchers also report that the amount of time spent on Instagram also varied from study to study, as some teens took more than six hours per week to post a photo.
“It’s important to note that Instagram use is a relatively new phenomenon in teens, so it’s important that we are able to capture data about how teens use it,” study author Andrew W. Lee, a senior associate in Emory’s School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, told NBC News.
More importantly, the findings suggest that Instagram is not a panacea for teens’ online health.
“While the use of Instagram is growing rapidly, the use and consumption of social media platforms is still largely driven by teens and older adults,” Lee said.
“These findings highlight the importance of understanding the dynamics of online consumption for adolescents and young adults, particularly given the increasing prevalence of digital addiction in their lives.”
What parents can doIn the wake of the study’s findings, the American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that teens stay on Instagram for the most part and stop posting photos at inappropriate times.
However if you’re one of those teens who still have access to Instagram, don’t fret.
Lee said there are a number of things you can do to keep your Instagram account safe.
The most important thing to remember is that Instagram users can post photos in a way that makes sense for their audience.
If you don’t know what you’re posting, make sure you understand why it’s inappropriate, and make sure that your photos are taken responsibly.
You can also delete Instagram accounts if you don.
Lastly, you can always ask your parents for permission to share your account with your kids.
“You might not be aware that you’re sharing your Instagram with your family, but your parents are the ones who are watching you,” Lee told NBC.
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