Online bullying leads to poor sleep, depression in teenagers
Parents, please take note. Teenagers who experience cyber bullying are more likely to suffer from poor sleep and depression, warns a study.
In one of the few studies to explore the connection between cyber victimisation and sleep quality, a research team examined the relationship between online bullying and depression among over 800 adolescents.
"Cyber victimisation on the Internet and social media is a unique form of peer victimisation and an emerging mental health concern among teenagers who are digital natives," said the reearchers.
At severe levels, depression may lead to disrupted school performance, harmed relationships or even suicide.
According to the US Office of Adolescent Health, nearly one third of teenagers have experienced symptoms of depression, which, in addition to changes in sleep pattern, include persistent irritability, anger and social withdrawal.
The study was scheduled to be presented at "SLEEP 2019" conference in Texas from June 8-12.