Recent Studies Show That Social Media and Depression Go Hand in Hand

Depression is a problem that is rooted more deeply in our generation than ever before. We continuously hope to evade from such problems but we end up in a web that is difficult to break. And when I say web there is some reference to the World Wide Web in it too, because a recent research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine shows that the use of social media may be directly linked to depression.

The research aims at finding ways in which light can be shed on the various reasons of depression among young adults today. The overwhelming presence of the social media in our lives makes us staying away from it quite depressing, and here we’ve got a group of researchers who have reason to believe that immersing ourselves in the universe of social media can lead to depression.

So how does science advocates the use of social media to be depressing? In 2014, the researches had examined 1,787 U.S. adults who were between the age of 19 and 32. The study involved questionnaires to determine the use of social media and an established tool that assess depression. 11 most popular social media were included in the questionnaire. They were:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Instagram
  • Google Plus
  • Snapchat
  • Vine
  • Tumblr
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Reddit

The study showed that the average user, used social media 61 times a day and visited different social media accounts about 30 times every week. An assessment of depression showed that more than a quarter of the students had high indicators of depression.

The outcome of the study was that participants who used social media more often ran a higher risk of depression than those who used social media in a controlled manner. As depression becomes a rising concern for us, studies like these can be helpful for professionals who help people overcome depression. While there are very few chances that we can complete cut our ties with social media, alternative methods can be identified to ensure that social media does not lead to such risks.

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