Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago recently polled nearly 3,000 current or recent parents of teenagers to better understand their most pressing concerns and challenges with social media, as well as trends in behavior exhibited by their children. 

Here’s what they found:

  • 58% of parents think social media has a net negative effect on their teens.  
  • 68% believe social media affects their teen’s ability to socialize normally and 67% have felt concerned their teen is addicted to social media. 
  • Top parental concerns regarding social media use: 1. Not sleeping enough 2. Not enough physical activity 3. Not enough focus on schoolwork 4. Unhealthy need for approval or attention 5. Not enough face-to-face interaction.
  • Most concerning platforms: 1. Instagram 2. Snapchat 3. TikTok 4. Facebook. 5. YouTube. 
  • 63% of parents report their teens use of social media has increased during the pandemic, though more parents (45%) are appreciative of social media during the crisis than those who are increasingly concerned about it (39%). 

Take a look at the full report