June 20, 2018
Good social media experiences do not outweigh the bad, new research suggests.
For every 10 percent increase in negative social media experiences, people’s risk of depression rises by 20 percent, a US study found.
This low mood is not reversed by positive interactions, such as the ‘like’ of a picture or a nice comment, the research adds.
Researchers believe social media makes people feel down and inadequate due to others posting the highlight reels of their lives.
Dr Michael Schoenbaum, from the National Institute of Mental Health, who was not involved in the study, said: ‘One error in social media is to imagine if you turn it off your social life is over. As a parent, I definitely think turning it off needs to be an option’.
This article was posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 7:36 am