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Key Findings on Social Media, Digital Tools, & Mental Health Among LGBTQ+ Young People

This fact sheet highlights data collected by Hopelab and Common Sense Media from over 1200 young people ages 14-22. This research was released across three reports. Young people were directly involved in creating survey topics and questions as well as interpreting results. Analyses of LGBTQ+ identity compare young people who described their sexual orientation as lesbian, gay, bisexual or pansexual, or asexual, or who identified as transgender or nonbinary (LGBTQ+) to those who endorsed heterosexual or straight for their sexual orientation without describing themself as transgender or nonbinary (cisgender/straight).

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This study examines generative AI use by race and ethnicity, age, gender, and LGBTQ+ identity and shares a nuanced understanding of how different demographic groups perceive and interact with generative AI technologies. Young people were directly involved in the creation of survey topics and questions and the interpretation of results.

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This research looks at how teens and young people are embracing online mental health tools — from social media to therapy and mental health apps — as resources for seeking support and managing their own mental health and well-being.

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Read the results of a randomized control trial conducted on imi, a free, mental health web app, designed to help LGBTQ+ youth cope with stress.