So­cial me­dia causes anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion when used too much.

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - COVER STORY -

A study pub­lished in the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Epi­demi­ol­ogy that as­sessed 5,208 sub­jects found that over­all, reg­u­lar use of Face­book had a neg­a­tive im­pact on an in­di­vid­ual’s well­be­ing.

Sleep

Hav­ing enough sleep is of para­mount im­por­tance.

How­ever, many of us use our phones too soon be­fore choos­ing the hit the hay, mak­ing it harder to doze off.

“Get­ting worked up with anx­i­ety or envy from what we see on so­cial me­dia keeps the brain on high alert, pre­vent­ing us from fall­ing asleep,” ex­plained Dr Bono.

“Plus, the light from our mo­bile de­vice just inches from our face can sup­press the re­lease of me­la­tonin, a hor­mone that helps us feel tired.”

Try set­ting your­self a strict rule of not go­ing on your phone for at least 40 min­utes to an hour be­fore go­ing to bed, and see if that makes a dif­fer­ence to the qual­ity of your sleep.

Mem­ory

So­cial me­dia can be great for look­ing back fondly on mem­o­ries and re­count­ing how past events oc­curred.

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