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1st Edition

Young People, Social Media and Health

ISBN 9780367664671
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
250 Pages

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Book Description

The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license

The pervasiveness of social media in young people’s lives is widely acknowledged, yet there is little evidence-based understanding of the impacts of social media on young people’s health and wellbeing.

Young People, Social Media and Health draws on novel research to understand, explain, and illustrate young people’s experiences of engagement with health-related social media; as well as the impacts they report on their health, wellbeing, and physical activity. Using empirical case studies, digital representations, and evidence from multi-sector and interdisciplinary stakeholders and academics, this volume identifies the opportunities and risk-related impacts of social media.

Offering new theoretical insights and practical guidelines for educators, practitioners, parents/guardians, and policy makers; Young People, Social Media and Health will also appeal to students and researchers interested in fields such as Sociology of Sport, Youth Sports Development, Secondary Physical Education, and Media Effects.



Victoria A. Goodyear is a Lecturer in Pedagogy in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK.

Kathleen M. Armour is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) and the academic lead for the Higher Education Futures institute (HEFi), University of Birmingham, UK.


Overall, this book signals a vital step towards unpicking the complex relationship between young people, social media and health. It is a valuable resource for a variety of stakeholders, including policy makers, researchers and health/education practitioners.

Jo Hickman Dunne - Loughborough University