Friday , August 12 2022

Limit Facebook and Instagram to 10 minutes a day to stop FOMO, says the study


How much time do you spend on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or any other type of social network?

If you regularly get FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) attacks, then there might be an idea to get away from scrolling a little.

According to a study to be published in Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, limiting Facebook and Instagram to 10 minutes a day, could be helpful.

They came to this conclusion after monitoring 143 social media users for three weeks.

The participants were randomly assigned to a control group that retained their typical social network behavior or experimental group that limited time on Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram for 10 minutes per platform per day.

Facebook really gives us FOMO these days (Image:

And – surprise, surprise – those who restricted their participation in social media reported less FOMO, anxiety, depression and loneliness.

"The results of our experiment suggest that limiting the use of social media has a direct and positive impact on subjective well-being over time, especially in terms of reducing loneliness and depression," explorers from the University of Pennsylvania explain.

"That is, our first study is to establish a clear causal link between reducing the use of social media and improving loneliness and depression. It is ironic, but perhaps not surprising, that the reduction of social media, which they promised to help us connect with others, actually helping people feel less lonely and depressed. "

It seems that Facebook itself is aware that the continued use of social media may not be a good thing.

In some cases, social media can be the driver of negative emotions and not positive (picture: PA)

"In summary, our research and other academic literature suggest that this is in question How use social media important when it comes to your kindness, "wrote David Ginsberg and Moira Burke, director of Facebook's Facebook Research Center last year.

Interestingly, although the Pennsylvania study reveals that we have less FOMO when we reduce the use of social media, this does not explain why.

This can be because when we compare ourselves with others, we mostly focus on negative, not positive ones.

A similar study by the University of Derby, co-authored by Dr. Zaheer Hussain, a senior psychologist, said that "life satisfaction" can be influenced by a wide range of social networking experiences – such as social comparisons and FoMO.

Their study was based on a sample of 196 Facebook users, with an average age of 31 who completed an online survey that consisted of a range of psychometric tools to assess their mental abilities and behaviors.

Can you limit the use of your social network to just 10 minutes a day? (Image: Getti)

"In our study, passive escort on Facebook was common among participants," said Dr. Hussein.

"Passive tracking does not contribute to communication among users, but only provides a sense of connectivity.

"One explanation for passive tracking may be that online friends with whom you are connected do not necessarily have the people with whom you want to stay in touch.

"This can be especially true for those who use Facebook for professional purposes only, wanting to show their work as many people as possible, including those with whom they may not want to be friends."

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