Limiting the use of Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat will make you less depressed
Limiting the use of Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat directly leads to reductions in loneliness and depression, according to a recent study published by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. The study is titled, "Limiting Social Media Decreases Loneliness and Depression," and as part of it.
The students how researched this were split into two groups, one that continued to use social media as normal and another that was limited to using each social service to 10 minutes per day. Students sent researchers screenshots of their iPhone battery usage, which shows how many minutes are spent on each app each day, to track their usage of the apps.
The experiment found that among the group that limited its use of social media, the researchers saw significant declines in depressive symptoms. "Not comparing my life to the lives of others had a much stronger impact than I expected, and I felt a lot more positive about myself during those weeks," one of students said, according to the study.
Facebook could not be reached for comment. Snap, the maker of Snapchat, declined to comment. Though other studies have found correlations between social media and mental health issues, this study claims to be the first "to establish a clear causal link between decreasing social media use, and improvements in loneliness and depression."