View all ResearchTeen with feet in pool of water that looks like mobile phone
View all Research

A National Survey Sponsored by Hopelab and Well Being Trust

In partnership with Well Being Trust

Digital Health Practices, Social Media Use, and Mental Well-Being Among Teens and Young Adults in the U.S.

A National Survey Sponsored by Hopelab and Well Being Trust

By Victoria Rideout, M.A. and Susannah Fox

If you would like updates on Hopelab’s research and other work, sign up for our newsletter.

This report presents the first set of descriptive findings from a nationally representative, probability-based survey of more than 1,300 U.S. teens and young adults, ages 14 to 22, conducted in February and March 2018. This initial report focuses on two main topics: first, young people’s self-described use of online health information and digital health tools, including those used for peer-to-peer health exchanges; and second, the associations between self-reported social media use and mental well-being among teens and young adults (TYAs).

Download Report


Related Content

View all Research

This study shows that while social media continues to pose risks, it also plays a beneficial role in supporting the mental health and well-being of young people — especially those from marginalized communities.

picture of imi on a phone screen

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.

Mother looking down at baby on a bed.

The present study explores barriers and facilitators experienced by public health nurses introducing a mobile health technology platform (Goal Mama) to the Nurse-Family Partnership home-visiting program.

Young person in the foreground looking up, holding a mobile phone

One year into the pandemic, a new survey reveals that teens and young adults are actively turning to online sources to cope with mental health.