'Championing the rights of children'

Waking for social media leaves pupils 'always tired'

Garry Tue 15 Sep 2015 06:38

More than one out of every three 12 to 15-year-olds wakes in the night at least once a week just to use social media, a study suggests.

The Cardiff team found more than one in five did so almost every night, leaving most constantly tired at school.

Out of all the 848 pupils surveyed in schools across Wales, one out of every three was constantly tired, but that proportion was smaller among those who got up at the same time every morning.

Staying up late had less of an impact.

Of the 412 12- to 13-year-olds surveyed:

  • 17% stay up beyond midnight on school nights
  • 22% wake to use social media almost every night
  • a further 14% do so at least once a week

Of the 436 14- to 15-year-olds surveyed:

  • 28% stay up beyond midnight on school nights
  • 23% wake to use social media almost every night
  • a further 15% do so at least once a week

Study author Dr Kimberley Horton, from Cardiff University, said: "Having a regular wake-time and using social media during the night appear to be more important in determining whether a young person is always tired during the day than the time they go to bed, how long they spend in bed and having a regular bedtime.

"It seems very important to discourage adolescents from using social media during the night.

Read more... (BBC News - 15 September)