Social Media Use Harmful, Causes Depression, Loneliness

Social media makes you lonely and depressed study says

Social media makes you lonely and depressed study says

"These effects are particularly pronounced for folks who were more depressed when they came into the study", Hunt added.

Facebook was used by 60 per cent of the sample, 25 per cent used Instagram, and 13 per cent used Twitter and Snapchat each.

One subject told the researchers, "Not comparing my life to the lives of others had a much stronger impact than I expected, and I felt a lot more positive about myself during those weeks".

The results of studies that were conducted over three weeks among 143 students, writes the Chronicle.info with reference to UNIAN.

Because this particular work only looked at Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, it's not clear whether it applies broadly to other social-media platforms.

An experimental study by psychology researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has shown for the first time a causal link between social media use and lower rates of well-being. The study considered several outcome measures regarding the users' well-being including fear of missing out, anxiety, depression, and loneliness.

"Here's the bottom line", she said. They watched people who maintained their typical behavior in using social media and compared them to a second group which limited use of the social networks to a maximum of 10 minutes per platform per day. The work does, however, speak to the idea that limiting screen time on these apps couldn't hurt.

But after a longer look, it starts to make sense.

"That the predominant usage of social media for the participants was visual, mainly through Facebook, suggests the growth of this personality problem could be seen increasingly more often, unless we recognise the dangers in this form of communication", Reed said.

There are a few caveats with this study: The participants only used iPhones in the experiment because the devices can track and provide objective social media app usage data.

A new study by US researchers has proven for the first time the causal connection between social media use and decreased mental health. "When you look at other people's lives, particularly on Instagram, it's easy to conclude that everyone else's life is cooler or better than yours". The study authors also don't know if these findings could be replicated for another age group.

Psychologists from the University of Pennsylvania in the U.S. found that for a long time in social networks increases the sense of loneliness and lead to depression. The students of the college, including the study of the use of dating applications, are the ones they still hope to answer.

Although images of a attractive white-sand beach, a brand new Rolex or even a glamorous selfie can be entertaining, the sense of social comparison that stems from them is not always healthy.