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Using More Than One Hour of Social Media a Day Could Hurt Mental Health According to This Study

Looking into the kind of wellbeing that people can end up relying on is the sort of thing that can help one to better understand the direction in which the global economy might be headed. The athletic apparel brand Lululemon is well aware of this and it creates a Global Wellbeing index for that very reason and conducts research that can help determine the level of wellbeing that people around the world feel they get to enjoy.

This research involved surveying a hundred individuals each from ten different countries and it turns out that China has the highest score on this index at 75 points. Japan actually had the lowest score out of all of the countries with just 61, and the US performed rather poorly as well with 66. However, another thing that this research revealed is that most people feel relatively optimistic about where things are going, and this level of optimism is a heartening sign as we slowly start to move towards a post-pandemic reality.

Social media usage is generally perceived positively by the respondents in this survey since it helps them feel more connected to others, but with all of that having been said and now out of the way it is important to note that using it for more than an hour apparently causes mental health symptoms to surface. Gen Z users who generally use social media for more than three hours a day reported increased feelings of loneliness so there is clearly a sweet spot that needs to be adhered to in this regard.

A somewhat surprising revelation that could be discovered in this analysis was that a lot of people seem to be looking forward to going back to work in offices and the like. This might be due to the reason that they want to be able to socialize once again which is not something that they had been all that capable of doing while under lockdown. Suffice it to say that the post-pandemic world will be quite different from the world that we had gotten used to before.

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