As many as 94% of young people in Serbia spend time on social networks before going to bed and almost 60% of them check for online information immediately in the morning, before getting out of bed.
These are the results of the research “Attitudes of young people in the Republic of Serbia on the impact and importance of social networks”, conducted by experts from the Centar za kreiranje politika i strategija (CKPS) on about 700 respondents of an average age of 22.2. The research was conducted from December 21, 2020 to January 13, 2021.
When it comes to hours spent on social networks, experts warn that a large number of young people said that they spend more than 3 hours online (26.4%) or that they no longer count the hours (17%), and therefore a large part of the day they spend it that way.
Only 0.3% of respondents said they do not use social networks while 3.1% of them said they do not use them for more than half an hour. 9.8% of respondents spend one hour a day on social media and up to 43.4% of respondents spend one to three hours.
As many as 59.4% of respondents said they regularly check social media notifications before getting out of bed, 32.7% said they sometimes look at them, while only 7.9% said they never do.
5.9% of respondents spend more than 3 hours on social media before going to bed, 33.6% said they do it for half an hour. 35.1% of young people spend one hour before bedtime on social media, 19.6% between 1 and 3 hours and 1.1% over 3 hours. 4.7% of them said they no longer count the hours spent on social networks and use them too much.
“Unfortunately, this habit is detrimental to health, because staring at the light of the phone screen before going to bed prevents the secretion of melatonin, which is necessary for a healthy sleep during the night and normal functioning during the day. By looking at the screen, you prevent melatonin from secreting in sufficient amounts and disrupt the biorhythm. According to Sciencealert.com, this causes memory problems, depression, obesity, visual disturbances and can develop some serious diseases such as cataracts and the like,” experts state.
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