A new study has found that children who spend more time on social media feel less happy about their lives.

Researchers at the University of Sheffield have discovered that children who spend more time on apps like Facebook, Snapchat and WhatsApp are likely to feel less satisfied with all aspects of their lives - including their school work, appearance, and family, according to Daily Mail.

Girls were found to be more adversely affected then boys about their appearance, whereas boys were found to be less happy with their friendships.

Philip Powell, who helped conduct the research, told the Observer: "Our finding show that social media use can be detrimental on average to young people and this is consistent with a number of findings in previous studies.


"We can't say any social media is bad but we can say that the more social media children use, the higher the likelihood that they will be dissatisfied with different domains of their life and their life overall."

The team of economists found that just an hour a day on social media is likely to reduce the chances of a child being completely happy by nearly 15 per cent.

The findings were particularly revealing for parents - especially after an Ofcom report found that children ages five to fifteen spend an average of three and a half hours a week more on the internet then they do on television.

Those figures were three and half hours more than they spent watching television.
The rise of social media has created a slew of concerns for organisations tasked with protecting children's welfare.

The NSPCC has said social media has caused a dramatic rise in the number of children admitted to hospital for self-harming.

More than 90 per cent of 16- to 24- year olds use online social networks and few apply any enforced age restrictions.