Increased Social Media Use Linked to Developing Depression - important research findings!
“Most prior work in this area has left us with the chicken-and-egg question,” said Dr. Brian Primack, dean of the College of Education and Health Professions and professor of public health at the University of Arkansas. “We know from other large studies that depression and social media use tend to go together, but it’s been hard to figure out which came first. This new study sheds light on these questions, because high initial social media use led to increased rates of depression. However, initial depression did not lead to any change in social media use.”
“Social media is often curated to emphasize positive portrayals,” said Jaime Sidani, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and co-author of the study. “This can be especially difficult for young adults who are at critical junctures in life related to identity development and feel that they can’t measure up to the impossible ideals they are exposed to.”