Risky Behaviors in Social Media and Metaverse Use During Adolescence

A special issue of Adolescents (ISSN 2673-7051). This special issue belongs to the section "Adolescent Health Behaviors".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 March 2025 | Viewed by 724

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Dear Colleagues,

In the rapidly evolving digital era, the lives of young people are increasingly intertwined with virtual platforms, particularly social media and the nascent metaverse. These environments have become significant in shaping their social interactions and psychological development. They serve as platforms for enhanced interaction, where boundaries of geography and time zones are virtually non-existent, enabling youth to connect and communicate with a global network of peers and cultures.

However, alongside these opportunities, there are significant risks and challenges that are inherent to these digital landscapes. One of the primary concerns is the potential for exposure to harmful content and interactions, such as cyberbullying, online predation, and exposure to inappropriate content. These risks can have lasting impacts on the mental health and well-being of adolescents, contributing to issues such as anxiety, depression, and diminished self-esteem.

Moreover, the immersive nature of the metaverse and the pervasive presence of social media can lead to addictive behaviors and overuse, which may disrupt sleep patterns, academic performance, and real-life social interactions. The boundary-blurring nature of these platforms can lead to a distortion of reality, impacting adolescents' understanding of social norms and expectations.

This Special Issue seeks to explore these multifaceted aspects of adolescent life within the realms of social media and the metaverse. It aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of how these digital environments influence young people's psychological development, social behaviors, and mental health. By examining the intricacies of these interactions and their impacts, the edition will offer valuable insights for psychologists, educators, parents, and policymakers.

Dr. Ileana Di Pomponio
Dr. Luca Cerniglia
Dr. Silvia Cimino
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  • social media
  • risk factors
  • risky behaviors
  • metaverse
  • metaverse addiction
  • web 2.0
  • social networks
  • virtual world
  • adolescence

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5 pages, 185 KiB  
Exploring the Mental Health Frontier: Social Media, the Metaverse and Their Impact on Psychological Well-Being
by Ileana Di Pomponio and Luca Cerniglia
Adolescents 2024, 4(2), 226-230; https://doi.org/10.3390/adolescents4020016 - 8 May 2024
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The emergence of social media alongside the creation of the metaverse marks two pivotal technological evolutions of our era, significantly altering the manner in which individuals engage, communicate, and understand their environment and relationships [...] Full article
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