Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Limiting Social Media Use to 30 Mins Could Lessen Depression

Limiting Social Media Use to 30 Mins Could Lessen Depression

Hunt and Young emphasized that the study did not intend to eliminate social media usage entirely among the intervention group.

This study, led by Melissa Hunt at Penn State's psychology department, is the latter - which despite intense interest in this field and phenomenon is quite rare.

For the study, entitled "No More FOMO: Limiting Social Media Decreases Loneliness and Depression", researchers examined 143 undergraduates at the University of Pennsylvania over a number of weeks.

No previous studies had gone beyond establishing an association or correlation between social media usage and well-being.

'This can be particularly true for those who only use Facebook for professional purposes, wanting to have their work displayed to as many as people as possible, including those they might not wish to be friends with'.

Their study was based on a sample of 196 Facebook users, with an average age of 31, who completed an online survey consisting of a range of psychometric tools to assess their mental capabilities and behavioural style. As per the study, students who limited the use of either Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to ten minutes per platform, per day showed a "significant" decrease in anxiety as well as the fear of missing out.

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania discovered that limiting usage of social media to 30 minutes per day can result in major improvements in their well being. They then collected objective usage data automatically tracked by iPhones for active apps, not those running the background.

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For the next three weeks, participants shared iPhone battery screenshots to give the researchers weekly tallies for each individual.

It seems that even Facebook itself is aware that continuously using social media might not be a good thing.

"Some of the existing literature on social media suggests there's an enormous amount of social comparison that happens".

Plus, social media consists of a whole lot of other platforms as well like Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Facebook Messenger etc, which were not taken into account.

The authors wrote: "It is ironic, but perhaps not surprising, that reducing social media, which promised to help us connect with others, actually helps people feel less lonely and depressed".

But the restrictions had no impact on feelings of social support, self-esteem or one's overall sense of well-being.

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