Research links social media, mental health issues among people under 26

Posted: Updated:
NEW HYDE PARK -

New research from the American Psychological Association links social media use and skyrocketing rates of mental health issues among people under the age of 26.

Researchers say younger adults are experiencing serious psychological distress, major depression or suicidal thoughts because of what they see their peers doing on social media, leaving them feeling socially isolated.

Experts say social media is a relatively new medium and that the research is just beginning.

"It's a new frontier," says Dr. Victor Fornari, an adolescent psychiatrist. "We don't really know the full extent of what the impact of social media has on youth."

Young adults who spoke with News 12 agree, saying they spend much less time connecting with their friends in person and more time on their phones.

Experts say parents should keep track of their children's phone time, and for older adults, it's important to keep in mind that how people portray themselves on social media is not always a realistic picture.

The research also says that even though mental health issues have increased in adults under age 26, the trend is basically nonexistent among adults over age 26.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."