Study Result: The TAG Study (McNeilly, 2023) further confirms link between teen mood and social media communications.

We are glad to share this recent publication of the Transitions in Adolescent Girls (TAG) Study (McNeilly, 2023), a longitudinal study examining the extent to which daily mood is associated with digital social communication in adolescents.

This study analyzed over 22,000 social media, email, and text messages from a sample of 30 adolescents, aged, 11-15 years of age. The study’s key finding is that low daily mood is associated with language which reflected self-focus, fewer positive emotion words, more total words, and more future-focused words. These findings lend evidence to the potential of digital social language patterns to enable passive detection of mental state changes that result in earlier interventions that lessen the burden of mental illness in adolescents. Study details can be found here.

This means of passive detection is one of several used in Ksana Health’s continuous behavior measurement offerings. If you are interested in understanding how continuous behavior measurement and intervention can improve the health of adolescent populations, give us a call.

Craig DeLarge

8 February 2023

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