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International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health

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What does social media have to do with health? A case study of Bangkok youths

Chulanee Thianthai
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Published Online: 2018-09-06 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2018-0058



This qualitative research aims to understand how Bangkok youths perceive social media usage effects on their physical, psychological, social and spiritual health.


A total of 74 Bangkok youths, aged 15–24 years old, divided according to each age and gender group participated in in-depth interviews and mobile phone search observations. Health impact was categorized into the four health aspects through content analysis according to sociological perspectives.


Bangkok youths view social media to have both positive and negative effects on their health. Increased awareness of negative results was shown with increased age. While younger youths use social media for entertainment, older youths also use social media for self-development. Interests and degree of sensitivity varied among the genders.


Effective health education can only be achieved through future youth-centered research on social media usage based on age, gender and cultural variations.

Keywords: modern self-identity; power/knowledge; social media; Thailand; trust; youth health


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Received: 2018-03-16

Accepted: 2018-05-08

Published Online: 2018-09-06

Citation Information: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 20180058, ISSN (Online) 2191-0278, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2018-0058.

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