Readers respond to research suggesting that the link between social media use and depressive symptoms is stronger for girls than boys
The latest findings by University College London support our own research that found girls are significantly more likely than boys to be harassed and bullied online (Depression in girls ‘tied to social media use’, 4 January). We found nearly half (48%) of girls aged 11-18 in the UK have experienced some form of abuse on social media.
It’s alarming that these negative experiences are destroying girls’ self-confidence, causing them to have sleepless nights and leading them to experience depressive symptoms. Girls tell us that they want the digital space to be somewhere they can share ideas and find their voice without feeling threatened, but with little support they are withdrawing from the online world.
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