Consuming a lot of time on social networks increases feeling lonely i causes depression, according to a new study published in the journal Social and Clinical Psychology. The Main cause Depression on which the networks are pushing us is a "subconscious comparison" with the lives of other users.
143 students actively participated in the experiment that was the basis for work Facebook, Instagram i Snapchat. First, scientists conducted research to identify 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.
After that, the students were divided into two groups. In the first, which served as a control group, students devoted themselves to social networks as long as usual. The members of the second group, the experimental group, did not use more than ten minutes day in each of the social networks. The experiment lasted three weeks.
When the experiment was completed, 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-esteem.
Well, the study reveals it loneliness and depression depend directly the time we spend on social networks. In addition, all members of the experimental group have shown less symptoms of depression of the members of the control group.
One of the authors of the work, Melissa G. Hunt says that "less attention to social networks makes us less vulnerable."