Too much time on social media leads to depression? A study conducted by psychologists from the University of Pennsylvania says this
A new study states that Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are linked to depression. The research results will be published in the December Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. Not the first study that investigates the effects of social media on adolescents
A new study by psychologists from the University of Pennsylvania has shown, for the first time, a causal link between time spent on social media with depression and loneliness, based on what has been recently stated by some researchers.
The study concluded that those who have risotto dtheir use of sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat has seen a marked improvement in their mood and how they feel about their lives.
it was amazing, he says Melissa Hunt, professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, which led the study, what we discovered during three weeks was that rates of depression and loneliness decreased significantly for people who limited their use (of social media).
Many of those who started the study with moderate clinical depression only finished a few weeks later with very mild symptoms, he said.
The study was conducted on 143 university students
I study, Limiting social media reduces loneliness and depression, was conducted by Melissa Hunt, Rachel Marx, Courtney Lipson and Jordyn Young and will be published by the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.
For the study, Hunt and his team studied 143 college students at the University of Pennsylvania for a number of weeks and tested their mood and sense of well-being using seven different established scales. Half of the participants continued to use social media sites as usual. (Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat have not responded to a request for comment on this).
The other half is limited to ten minutes a day for each of the three sites studied: Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, the most popular sites for the age group.
Social and depression: the results
Here is the net result: those who have reduced use of social media have seen clinically significant reductions in depression and loneliness during the study. Their rates of both measures have dropped dramatically, while those in the control group, who had not changed their behavior, have not seen improvements.
This is not the first study to find a connection between the use of social media, on the one hand, and depression and loneliness, on the other, but despite previous studies have shown that there is a correlation, many researchers have argued that this correlation actually a causal connection.
It is possible and even probable that lonely and depressed people use sites like Facebook because they are looking for social connections, says Hunt. The new study suggests that Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are not only popular with the lonely and depressed, they are also making people more lonely and more depressed.
The study did not analyze this aspect, but Hunt offers two possible explanations: the first social confrontation downwards. Friends are deliberately creating a show to make their seemingly wonderful lives, the result: your life is more likely to suck in comparison, says Hunt. The second reason: fear of losing.
Social media sites have become so integral to the modern world that many people simply can't cut them out of their lives altogether, says Hunt; this is why the study focused only on usage reduction. a significant fact that limit use to ten minutes per site per day has helped so much those with depression. You don't have to give up social media altogether to get better.