Social Media and Adolescent Health
Maggie R. Guinta and Rita M. John
In recent years, social media use has grown exponentially in the adolescent population.
Research indicates social media offers both advantages and detriments to
the health of an adolescent. Risks of social media use in this population include
cyberbullying, educational and mental health consequences, sexting, and privacy
concerns. Nonetheless, healthy social media use can provide increased opportunities
for collaboration, communication, self-esteem enhancement, health promotion,
and access to vital health information. This article will review both the positive
and negative consequences of social media use, and discuss the role of pediatric
nurses in mitigating negative effects and mobilizing use for positive effects. Nurses
are in a prime position to assist adolescents and their families to comprehend the
complexities of social media use and promote healthy habits.