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The Digital World

The real world and the virtual

When was the last time you used Facebook to connect with a friend? When was the last time you shared something on Instagram? The internet has become such a huge part of our daily life, and much more so for teenagers or young adults born in this generation. Since 2014, there is approximately 3 billion internet users, and a quarter of this consists of teenagers and young adults. In Hong Kong, 80% of primary and secondary school students own a smartphone, and 70% of households own a computer.

With such compelling statistics, it is no wonder mental development is so closely influenced by the virtual world and social media. Our study places much deserved focus on the online presence of our participants, and through which we get to know a little bit more about how this affects their life and mental health.

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