MORE than one in four teenagers say they couldn’t enjoy Christmas without social media according to a new survey carried out for The Children’s Society.

Just over 30 per cent said social media use at Christmas makes them want more presents after comparing themselves to others while one in five said they thought friends 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.

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Rob Jackson, the charity’s North-East area director, said: “Christmas can be a stressful time for everyone, including children. Many miss their friends whilst not at school and social media can represent an important lifeline to the outside world.

“Although social media can have many benefits, we know that overuse can be damaging to young people’s well-being and mental health.”