Booting time on social networks increases feeling lonely and causes depression, according to a new research published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. The the main cause The depression we are trying to do is a "subconscious comparison" with the lives of other users.
143 students were actively involved in the experiment Facebook, Instagram and SnapchatFirst, scientists conducted a survey to find the mood and well-being of volunteers, and also measured the average time of their presence on social networks using statistics provided by the iPhone.
Subsequently, students were divided into two groups. In the first that served as a control group, the students devoted themselves to social networks as long as usualThe members of the second group, the experimental group, did not use it more than ten minutes day in each social network. The experiment lasted three weeks,
After completing the experiment, psychologists prepared a special questionnaire for volunteers with seven indicators: social support, fear of isolation from the environment, loneliness, anxiety, depression, self-esteem and self-confidence.
The study finds out loneliness and depression depend directly time spent on social networks. In addition, all members of the experimental group showed less symptoms of depression than members of the control group.
One of the authors, Melissa G. Hunt, says that "less attention to social networks makes us feel less self."