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Millennial meltdown: Social media raises the risk of depression in young people as it forces them to compare themselves to unrealistic lifestyles

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Daily Mail
January 9, 2019

Millennials may be at risk of depression from comparing themselves to others on social media.

Young people are significantly more likely to be depressed if they worry that people online are better than them.

A study of more than 500 millennials, aged 18 to 38, found their mental health is poorer if they show signs of addiction to social media.

Those who focus on people ‘better’ or ‘worse’ than themselves online, or who get more upset by being tagged in unflattering photographs, are more likely to show symptoms of depression.

The study looked at young adults who used at least one of the social media sites Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. The authors say their results back up the theory that comparing yourself to others on one line is harmful to wellbeing.

Dr Krista Howard, of Texas State University, said: ‘The key is for individuals to develop an awareness of how they currently use social media and to determine what changes could be made in their social media use to reduce the behaviours associated with psychological distress.

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This article was posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 4:45 am

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