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Social Media Impacting Mental Health

by Eddie Rayner

A team of students from Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has conducted a wide-ranging study into the impact of social media usage on youth in the region.

As part of the Bachelor of Communications course on Media Impact, the research explored the nature and extent of social media usage among young people, revealing that the Arab world has a very high rate of social media engagement, with the UAE ranked third for social media penetration in the GCC.

100% of students report being bullied online at least once

69.7% of students in the UAE use social media for five or more hours everyday

56% of which admitted to attempting to quit social media in the past 12 months but failed to do so