Study Links Social Media Use , With Depression in Adults.
NBC reports that while social media has been linked to anxiety and depression in teens, a new study now suggests that adults are also susceptible.
On November 23, the research was published in 'JAMA Network Open.'
The study was reportedly based on surveys of 5,395 adults with an average age of 56.
According to NBC, the study was meant to shed light on how adults were coping with the pandemic.
We were asking people who weren't depressed about their social media use.
Then we came back later to see if the people who were using certain kinds of social media were more likely to be depressed, Dr. Roy Perlis, one of the study’s authors, via NBC.
The study found that adults on platforms like Facebook, TikTok and Snapchat , "were substantially more likely to come back and tell us they felt depressed the next time they filled out the survey.".
NBC points out that while the study does not prove that social media causes depression, it highlights a growing mental health crisis in the United States.
In an October study, almost one-third of adults in the U.S. reported feeling depressed, up from just 8.5% before COVID.
According to NBC, some experts theorize that social media may serve as a reminder to people of what they've been missing this past year.
It is recommended to be mindful of how much time you spend on social media.
The programs are designed to keep you on as long as possible.
Try to be aware of how much time you're spending on them, Mitch Prinstein, chief science officer for the American Psychological Association, via NBC