This is an apt story given it’s day 1 of the new school year. If you’re a parent that’s been concerned about the amount of time your child has spent on social networking sites over the summer, fret not. According to a new study (there’s always one of those around), it’s the well adjusted that are more likely to use social media sites such as facebook and myspace. So relax.

The US based report by Professor Makami published in Developmental Psychology (and in the Age) stated that ”The best-adjusted young people were far more likely to use social media as an extension of their positive friendships,”.

The study tracked a group of 14 year-olds over an 8 year period to conclude that “those adults who were well adjusted and had lots of friends were more likely to be using social networking sites. And the quality of those friendships online were as good as the quality of their face-to-face relationships.”

So if you’re like me and wondered why when you woke in the middle of the night only to discover a glow of computer screen beaming back at you from your teenagers bedroom, just relax. They are only ‘well adjusting’ themselves.

You see, there’s nothing to worry about; not until the next study at least.

Welcome to 2010.