Social media provokes feelings of loneliness and depression

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania in the United States has shown a clear link between social media use and a person's development of depressed mood, depression and loneliness. Conversely, restricting access to such services helps to improve the personal psychological climate, a person begins to feel more successful and happy.

The study involved one and a half hundred people, some of whom could freely use social networks, as in everyday life. For everyone else, access was limited to 10 minutes a day for each of the social networks - a dozen on Facebook, the same amount on Instagram, Snapchat, etc. At the beginning of the experiment, scientists conducted a survey on the subject of health and well-being using standard psychological tests. And four weeks later, they did a second survey, while the automation made sure that the participants in the study did not break the rules.

The results of the first, which is also the control group, did not change much - they still felt unhappy and dissatisfied with life. But for the second, two factors overlapped: more free time led to the emergence of new activities and impressions in the lives of the subjects, but now they did not have enough time to discuss this with a maximum of people on social networks. They could not compare their achievements with those of others, did not see the authorities, did not torment themselves from the unattainable victories of others. And therefore they turned out to be more satisfied with life than their colleagues in the experiment.

The conclusion that scientists have made: minimizing the time spent in social networks will definitely be beneficial. There is no need to oppose yourself and your personal talents and merits to the whole world at once - this will not lead to anything good. And it's not the best strategy to live in full view, drawing inspiration from likes and suffering from their absence.