While social media is still in its infancy, early research points to social media sharing similar startling mental and physical health implications for both children and their parents as gaming addiction.
There is a strong correlation between social media addiction and depression, which is in line with previous research findings confirming that technological addictions lead to mental health issues.
Naslund, J.A., Bondre, A., Torous, J. & Aschbrenner, K.A. (2020). Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science
Females are found to be more addicted to social media compared to males.
Wartberg, L., Kriston, L. & Thomasius, R. (2020). Computers in Human Behavior.