According to researchers in Stanford University, the results
are based on a online survey given to a limited sample of 3,400 girls. The peer-reviewed study appeared last Wednesday in the academic journal Developmental Psychology. Some academics raised concerns that the online format of the survey not only prevented researchers from verifying their data, but also narrowed the sample size to possibly exclude lighter media users.
However, the study does raise some interesting questions on the affects of social media in social
development. The leading author of the study said that despite it's flaws, it is still imperative that social media's affects on face-to-face
interaction (which teaches kids how to read body language and subtle facial and verbal clues) be further explored.