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Thursday, 17th September 2015

UK: Routines and Rest: the Sleep Behaviours of 12 to 15 year olds

Source: Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)

From Press Release:

The impact of social media on young people’s lives is underlined starkly today as a new study by researchers at the Cardiff University-based Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research Data (WISERD) reports that more than one in five teenagers say they “almost always” wake up during the night to look at or post messages.

And more than a third of 12- to 15-year-olds say they do so at least once a week. Unsurprisingly, this is revealed to be having knock-on effects on how tired the youngsters feel at school: among some children it may even be more important than having a late bedtime in creating feelings of fatigue. The sleep-disrupting use of social media at night also seems to be impacting on pupils’ overall happiness, with lower levels of wellbeing reported by those who wake to use social networks.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

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