Key Research

“We are totally exposed”: Young people share concerns about social media’s impact on privacy and mental health in global survey

Key Takeaways:

  • 59% of young people surveyed by Amnesty International now spending more than two hours of their average day on social media
  • Two major concerns stand out: 
    • the “addictive” platform design and its effect on young people’s mental health 
    • feelings of powerlessness in the face of global companies’ 
  • 74% of respondents report checking their social media accounts more than they would like to
  • More than half of the surveyed young people had bad experiences, encountering “racism, violence and bullying”, forms of political persecution, antisemitic campaigns, and unwanted sexual advances by other users
  • 93% of the participants said they had encountered mis- or disinformation
  • 86% have previously blocked users in response to content they did not want to see

Topics: Psychological Wellbeing , Screen Time

Year: 2023

Participants: 550 children and young people between the ages of 13 and 24 across 45 countries