Benefits and Costs of Social Media in Adolescence

Pediatrics. 2017 Nov;140(Suppl 2):S67-S70. doi: 10.1542/peds.2016-1758E.


In 2015, American adolescents aged 13 to 18 years reported using social media 1 hour and 11 minutes a day, 7 days a week. Social media are used for a variety of activities, including sharing information, interacting with peers, and developing a coherent identity. In this review of the research, we examine how social media are intertwined with adolescent development and assess both the costs and benefits of adolescent social media use. We include suggestions for further research and recommendations for clinicians, policy makers, and educators.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / physiology*
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
  • Adolescent Development / physiology*
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis / trends*
  • Humans
  • Social Media / trends*