Text description: Adolescents online

Infographic: How adolescents interact with close friends

  • Mainly saw their friends face-to-face
    • age 14–15 - 64%
    • age 16–17 - 55%
  • Mainly interacted with friends using electronic devices
    • age 14–15 - 5%
    • age 16–17 - 7%
  • Did both equally
    • age 14–15 - 31%
    • age 16–17 - 39%

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Figure 1: Interaction with close friends at age 16–17 by subgroup

Anxiety

  • Elevated symptoms
    • Mainly face-to-face - 47.3%
    • Both equally - 42.2%
    • Mainly via devices - 10.5%
  • No elevated symptoms
    • Mainly face-to-face - 56.2%
    • Both equally - 37.7%
    • Mainly via devices - 6.1%

Depression

  • Elevated symptoms
    • Mainly face-to-face - 48.5%
    • Both equally - 43.0%
    • Mainly via devices - 8.6%
  • No elevated symptoms
    • Mainly face-to-face - 58.6%
    • Both equally - 35.6%
    • Mainly via devices - 5.8%

Autism

  • Autism
    • Mainly face-to-face - 49.7%
    • Both equally - 34.4%
    • Mainly via devices - 15.9%
  • No autism
    • Mainly face-to-face - 55.0%
    • Both equally - 39.0%
    • Mainly via devices - 6.0%

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Infographic - How comfortable do adolescents feel online?

It's easier to be myself online

  • Male
    • agree - 15%
    • disagree - 51%
  • Female
    • agree - 14%
    • disagree - 53%
  • All
    • agree - 15%
    • disagree - 52%

During difficult times, I go online less often

  • Male
    • agree - 26%
    • disagree - 36%
  • Female
    • agree - 36%
    • disagree - 26%
  • All
    • agree - 31%
    • disagree - 31%

During difficult times, going online makes me feel better

  • Male
    • agree - 26%
    • disagree - 33%
  • Female
    • agree - 20%
    • disagree - 42%
  • All
    • agree - 23%
    • disagree - 37%

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Figure 2: Level of agreement with statements about 'being online' by specific groups of adolescents

It's easier to be myself online

  • All adolescents
    • disagree - 52.0%
    • agree - 14.5%
  • Autism
    • Yes:
      • disagree - 36.1%,
      • agree - 26.3%
    • No
      • disagree - 53.4%
      • agree - 14.0%
  • Anxiety symptoms
    • Elevated: disagree 38.1%, agree 24.3%
    • Not elevated: disagree 55.1%, agree 12.3%
  • Depressive symptoms
    • Elevated: disagree 43.6%, agree 20.3%
    • Not elevated: disagree 57.9%, agree 10.3%

During difficult times, going online makes me feel better

  • All adolescents:
    • disagree - 37.3%,
    • agree - 14.5%
  • Autism
    • Yes
      • disagree - 28.7%
      • agree - 48.3%
    • No
      • disagree - 37.4%
      • agree - 21.3%
  • Anxiety symptoms
    • Elevated
      • disagree 38.3%
      • agree 28.0%
    • Not elevated
      • disagree - 37.1%
      • agree - 21.8%
  • Depressive symptoms
    • Elevated
      • disagree - 36.7%
      • agree - 27.4%
    • Not elevated
      • disagree - 38.0%
      • agree - 19.6%

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Figure 3: Frequency of use of social networking sites by sex between ages 12-13 and 16-17

Almost daily

  • Males
    • age 12–13 (2012) - 28%
    • age 14–15 (2014) - 57%
    • age 16–17 (2016) - 78%
  • Females
    • age 12–13 (2012) - 41%
    • age 14–15 (2014) - 73%
    • age 16–17 (2016) - 87%

Once/twice per week

  • Males
    • age 12–13 (2012) - 19%
    • age 14–15 (2014) - 18%
    • age 16–17 (2016) - 11%
  • Females
    • age 12–13 (2012) - 18%
    • age 14–15 (2014) - 14%
    • age 16–17 (2016) - 8%

Less often/never

  • Males
    • age 12–13 (2012) - 53%
    • age 14–15 (2014) - 24%
    • age 16–17 (2016) - 11%
  • Females
    • age 12–13 (2012) - 40%
    • age 14–15 (2014) - 13%
    • age 16–17 (2016) - 5%

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Figure 4: Mean trajectories of elevated depressive symptoms by frequency of SNS use from ages 12-13 to 16-17

Almost daily

  • age 12–13 (2012) - 18.5%
  • age 14–15 (2014) - 27.4%
  • age 16–17 (2016) - 39.5%

Once/twice per week

  • age 12–13 (2012) - 18.4%
  • age 14–15 (2014) - 20.9%
  • age 16–17 (2016) - 34.2%

Less often/never

  • age 12–13 (2012) - 17.5%
  • age 14–15 (2014) - 17.1
  • age 16–17 (2016) - 27.8%

Total sample

  • age 12–13 (2012) - 18.3%
  • age 14–15 (2014) - 24.0%
  • age 16–17 (2016) - 35.8%

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Figure 5: Predicted percentage of adolescents with mental health problems by experiences of cyberbullying (age 16–17)

Elevated depressive symptoms

  • Victim of cyberbullying - 46.2%
  • Non-victim of cyberbullying - 33.3%

Elevated anxiety symptoms

  • Victim of cyberbullying - 21.8%
  • No cyberbullying - 14.7%

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