Social Media Keeping Teens Awake

Exactly how much does social media entice today’s young people?

Enough to wake them up in the middle of the night just to check and see if they got any new Snaps?

A brand new study out of the UK revealed that one fifth of today’s young people are actually waking up at night just to check social media. Funny that this is a problem… when the American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents not to even allow phones in the bedrooms.

The phone has become the biggest culprit keeping young people up at night, and an increasing amount of research shows this is affecting their performance at school. This was a problem even before smartphones- when kids were merely staying up at night texting. With social media on mobile devices… the problem has only grown.

What’s the answer?

Is “no phones in the bedroom” enough? Is this an area where parents just need to be more strict… or does that even work?

I give the newest research and three tips for parents in our newest Parenting Help article on today, Teens Losing Sleep Over Social Media. Check it out (or subscribe to these articles for free HERE)

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, and You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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3 Responses to Social Media Keeping Teens Awake

  1. tom chester says:

    The link to your latest article takes me to an article about netflix

    • Jonathan McKee says:

      Sorry Tom… the link was bad for the first hour. It’s corrected. (But hey… that Netflix article was pretty good, eh?) 🙂

  2. Naomi Erlich says:

    Thanks for the post! I agree with you about the social media. It just consumes everyone in it’s path.