Study finds limiting social media usage to 30 min can reduce depression

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"I think in a lot of cases, young women who post to social media are hoping to get positive reinforcement for what they're posting and the way in which women use social media is more appearance-based than it is for men".

"We set out to do a much more comprehensive, rigorous study that was also more ecologically valid", said Melissa Hunt, lead author of the study and associate director of clinical training in the Psychology Department of the University of Pennsylvania.

Participants were randomly assigned to a control group, which had users maintain their typical social-media behavior, or an experimental group that limited time on Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram to 10 minutes per platform per day.

While many claimed that the increased use of social media leads to a decrease in social well-being, the lack of conclusive studies made the issue highly controversial.

According to those who conducted the research, users could have used social media more than the allotted time on their desktops- times which would not have been accounted for in the study. The participants were split into two separate groups for the following three weeks. The study notes that the persons in the group where social media was restricted were described their feelings of depression and loneliness were significantly reduced in comparison to members of the other group.

Bottom line: We can all benefit from a little break.

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Clarification: Language in this story has been amended to remove the age range for the undergraduate students participating in the study, which the study authors did not specify.

A study from the upcoming December edition of the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.

Other studies implied that people who spend time on social media may simply be more likely to be depressed than people who are not. They then collected objective usage data automatically tracked by iPhones for active apps, not those running the background.

3 weeks later the students were inquired for judging their mental status throughout the seven categories which included-autonomy and self-acceptance, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, social support, fear of missing out (FOMO) and loneliness. When you look at other people's lives, particularly on Instagram, it's easy to conclude that everyone else's life is cooler or better than yours.

All that aside, there is something to be said for limiting social media while still being realistic about the fact that you're never going to ditch it entirely.

"Using social media less can't hurt", Young said.

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