Reports suggest that excessive use of social media plays a crucial role in causing depression

Social media provides us a great opportunity to get connected with our far-living friends and family by sharing memes, sending text messages, and connecting on video and voice calls. Not only this but now many of the social media platforms also allow you to find job opportunities and find friends online to share your feelings and emotions in a better way. Using social media is counted as one of the most common activities done online. According to the reports, only 5 percent of the population of the US found it interesting to use social media - the population rose to 70 percent in 2019. In 2020, over 3.6 billion people were observed - all over the world to use social media.

Most of us use social media platforms to get relief from our hectic routines. We share memes to make others “LOL”- laugh out loud and we watch trailers of the upcoming movies- to get relaxed.

Apart from the non-ending list of benefits, social media provides us, have you ever thought the other way round. Well, if anything is to be used excessively it proves to be a double-edged sword for you.

Having an addiction to keeping a check on whether you’ve got a notification from any of your social media profiles like Snapchat, Instagram or Facebook, can lead you to face a serious threat to your mental health. This has been proven by US scientists who did a study and concluded that social media users who use it for less than 120 minutes are observed to face comparatively fewer mental health issues. The scientists discovered that those young adults who we more active on social media platforms for above 5 hours daily had 2.8 times more chances of having depression, as compared to those who used it wisely- for not more than 2 hours.

In the previous studies being held, it was never being observed or concluded that whether social media is one of the factors contributing to mental illness. However, many scientists still couldn’t find answers about whether it’s social media that causes mental illness. It is still a hard thing to conclude whether we use social media to improve our mental hygiene or social media makes use of our mental hygiene.

Studies revealed that the more a user began to use social media in the starting; the more depression he/she had to face. Even if depression had a strong link with social media when the user began to use social media, but Dr. Brian Primack who is from the University of Arkansas informed that initial depression failed to bring any change towards time which the users allocated for social media.


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