Current Pediatrics Reports

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 132–138 | Cite as

Social Media and Adolescent Health

  • Megan A. MorenoEmail author
  • Maria Standiford
  • Paula Cody
Adolescent Medicine (M Goldstein and L Johnson, Section Editors)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Adolescent Medicine


Purpose of Review

Social media is used nearly ubiquitously by youth. Over the past decade, research has investigated ways in which social media may affect adolescent health both positively and negatively.

Recent Findings

We highlight five areas of work with newly emerging evidence in adolescent health: eating disorders, suicide, sexual health, substance use, and prevention. We also highlight new tools to promote safe social media use.


Social media is a set of digital tools that influences adolescent health. By understanding current evidence around challenges and opportunities, we can leverage these tools to improve patient care.


Adolescent health Social media Technology Internet Health behavior 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


Papers of particular interest, published recently, have been highlighted as: • Of importance •• Of major importance

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Megan A. Moreno
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maria Standiford
    • 1
  • Paula Cody
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA

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