Does Increased Social Media Usage Cause Depression?

A new study, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, shows that participants who spend the most time on social media have a higher risk for increased depression. Conversely, participants who use social media less have a lower risk for depression.

While this research shows us an association between them, it’s still unknown if social media does in fact cause depression. This opens up questions about how they are linked. Perhaps people who are already suffering from depression use social media to alleviate their symptoms, or the exposure itself is the cause.

These possibilities show that there is still much more to research about the connection between social media and depression, but this study is definitely a start in the right direction to remind users that social media should be used to positively improve life, not to detract from it.


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Source: UBM Medica

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