According to the Daily Mail, researchers find that teens trying to keep up with friends online is fueling disturbed sleep and depression.
The fear of missing out on social media – referred to as FOMO by the internet-savvy younger generation – means teenagers are under greater pressure to stay connected for as long as possible.
Around 90 per cent of adolescents are estimated to have a presence on social media, and those who stay glued to gadgets well into the night are most at risk of developing emotional problems, the study found.
These could then be carried over into adulthood because teenagers are particularly at risk of developing long-term issues.
Dr Heather Cleland Woods, from Glasgow University, said: ‘Adolescence can be a period of increased vulnerability for the onset of depression and anxiety and poor sleep quality may contribute to this.’