Study looks at Facebook's effect on children

08/8/2011 | TIME (subscription required)

A recent study unveiled at the annual American Psychological Association conference found that students spending a lot of time on Facebook have lower academic performance and higher risk of mental-health problems, such as anxiety and depression. Conversely, the research found that students who spend more time on Facebook also show a stronger sense of identity and kindness toward others. Larry Rosen, the psychology professor who did the study, says parents must find a balance in how children spend their time online.

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