More than one in four teenagers – an estimated 92,000 young people in east England – say they couldn’t enjoy Christmas without social media according to a new survey carried out for The Children’s Society.
Almost one in three, 109,000, said they thought it was getting harder to enjoy Christmas, while only 1 in 10 felt it was getting easier.
Many young people are left casting envious glances at their peers and people they follow, with 31%, 106,000, saying that social media use at Christmas makes them want more gifts and presents after having compared themselves to others.
One in five children think that friends on social media seem to be having a better Christmas than them.
However, 40 per cent felt that social media made them think more about those who are less fortunate than they are at Christmas time.