Social media break improves mental health – Study

Asking people to stop using social media for just one week could lead to significant improvements in their wellbeing, depression and anxiety and could, in the future, be recommended as a way to help people manage their mental health say the authors of a new study.

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The study, carried out by a team of researchers at the University of Bath (UK), studied the mental health effects of a week-long social media break. For some participants in the study, this meant freeing-up around nine hours of their week which would otherwise have been spent scrolling Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and TikTok.

Their results – published, Friday 6 May 2022, in the US journal ‘Cyberpsychology, Behaviour and Social Networking’ – suggest that just one week off social media improved individuals’ overall level of well-being, as well as reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety.


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4 responses to “Social media break improves mental health – Study

  1. Very sensible advice, me thinks. But much harder to put into practice, especially for those that are welded to a cell phone!

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  2. I’ve taken social media breaks when going on holiday and I’ve come back feeling wonderful!

    I recently took a break from social media and did feel better in myself that I’ve rapidly reduced usage – the hardest challenge is not having a phone to play with as it becomes a habit you get used to carrying everywhere!


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