A duo of researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia discovered a new, encouraging use for social media networks, even as the biggest companies in the industry face scrutiny for their practices in handling users’ private information. Brad Ridout, Ph.D., and Andrew Campbell, Ph.D., conducted a systematic review and found that social media apps and websites could help young adults and teenagers battle mental health issues, a population who experiences half of its non-fatal deaths from these diseases and disorders.

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Ridout and Campbell’s review, which they caution did not include enough studies to provide a quantitative meta-analysis, looked at nine articles that covered five studies among people who were 15 to 25 years old. The researchers recently published “The Use of Social Networking Sites in Mental Health Interventions for Young People” in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

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