Increased social media use by teenagers is associated with a decrease in their self-esteem and a growth of symptoms associated with eating disorders, according to a new Canadian study. This worrisome situation occurs during a crucial period of adolescent development and continues over time, says the study by Université de Montréal professor Patricia J. Conrod, a researcher at the UdeM-affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre.

The study was published in November in Psychology & Health.

“Pathways from adolescent screen time to eating related symptoms: a multilevel longitudinal mediation analysis through self-esteem,” by Patricia J. Conrod et al, was published on Nov. 7, 2022, in Psychology & Health.