This Social Media Behavior Triples Depression Risk

As a 77 year old, I am mostly confused by the social media. I have been on Facebook for years, because a friend of mine invited me to be his ‘friend.’ When I accepted, I found myself with an account. I use it mainly for posts from this blog. I do like Google Plus a lot. I hope you younger readers aren’t overdoing it and increasing your risks of depression.

Tony

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Depression and anxiety risk much higher in some people using social media.

Using over seven different social media platforms is linked to a tripling in depression risk, psychological research finds.

The study asked about the 11 most popular social media platforms: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit, Tumblr, Pinterest, Vine and LinkedIn.

Those who used between 7 and 11 of these, had 3.1 times the depression risk.

They also had 3.3 times the risk of having high levels of anxiety symptoms.

Professor Brian A. Primack, who led the study, said:

“This association is strong enough that clinicians could consider asking their patients with depression and anxiety about multiple platform use and counseling them that this use may be related to their symptoms.
While we can’t tell from this study whether depressed and anxious people seek out multiple platforms or whether something about using multiple platforms can lead to…

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2 responses to “This Social Media Behavior Triples Depression Risk

  1. Thanks for the great post.
    I’m 48. I have been online since 1998.

    I have found and lost a lot of friends online since that time. I would say that it’s all about being understood with what you are writing. Using only words or semi words like in chat/texto, it’s hard to be clear with your meaning. And most people will give meanings where there is none.

    Myself, my first language is French. So, when I write in English, I have to check and recheck my text before I hit the send.

    Too much miss interpreted social interaction can become very stressful. And too much stress can create mental problems.

    I’m no psychiatrist. I just talk from my experience. 🙂

    Have a great day!

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