Social Media has said to play a major role in developing Anxiety and Depression.
However, some recent study denied that completely.
A lot of people spend too much time on social media; therefore, people think it has to do with mental health issues.
Although, some research led by Sarah Coyne, a professor of family life
at Brigham Young University found out that it is not directly related.
Moreover, she added “We spent eight years trying to really understand the relationship between
time spent on social media and depression for developing teenagers,” Coyne said about her study
published in Computers in Human Behavior. “If they increased their social time, would it
make them more depressed? Also, if they decreased their social media time, were they less
depressed? The answer is no. We found that time spent on social platforms was not what was
impacting anxiety or depression.”
Social Media and Depression
Mental health is a multi-process syndrome; therefore, there cannot be one thing that might trigger anxiety disorders or depression.
Therefore, spending time on social platforms merely lead to increasing anxiety or depression among teens.
“It’s not just the amount of time that is important for most kids. For example, two teenagers could
use social media for exactly the same amount of time but may have vastly different outcomes as
a result of the way they are using it,” Coyne said.
In addition, she said that the goal of this study is to let society be more concerned
with examining the context surrounding their use.
Therefore, Coyne has three suggestions in order to use these platforms properly.
Those suggestions include:
a) Limit your use at least an hour before falling asleep. Getting enough sleep is one of the most protective factors for mental health.
b) Be intentional. Look at your motivations for engaging with social media in the first place.
c) Be an active user instead of a passive user. Instead of just scrolling, actively comment, post and like other content.
“If you get on specifically to seek out information or to connect with others, that can have a more
positive effect than getting on just because you’re bored,” Coyne said.