‘Cut so­cial me­dia use to re­duce de­pres­sion’

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Mike Wright

SO­CIAL me­dia use should be lim­ited to 10 min­utes per day to re­duce lone­li­ness and de­pres­sion, a study has found.

Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia re­searchers dis­cov­ered that stu­dents who dras­ti­cally cut time spent on Face­book, In­sta­gram and Snapchat ex­pe­ri­enced “sig­nif­i­cant de­clines” in symp­toms as­so­ci­ated with de­pres­sion.

Psy­chol­o­gist Melissa G Hunt, the re­port’s lead au­thor, said: “It is ironic, but per­haps not sur­pris­ing, that re­duc­ing so­cial me­dia, which promised to help us con­nect with oth­ers, ac­tu­ally helps peo­ple feel less lonely and de­pressed.”

The uni­ver­sity said that their study recorded first­hand data of par­tic­i­pants’ so­cial me­dia use to make a “causal link” with de­pres­sion. Most other stud­ies have re­lied on par­tic­i­pants’ own es­ti­mates of so­cial me­dia use. One par­tic­i­pant said: “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.”

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