The Secret of Social Media

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How much are you on social media? Do you spend more than 2 hours on Snapchat or Instagram? The ultimate secret of depression and anxiety is Social Media. Studies have shown that time spent on social media has been linked to depression and anxiety.

According to Science Direct "We surveyed a nationally-representative sample of 1787 U.S. young adults ages 19–32. Depression and anxiety symptoms were measured using the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS). Compared to those who used 0–2 social media platforms, participants who used 7–11 social media platforms had substantially higher odds of having increased levels of both depression.”

Social media is slowly increasing in teens and younger adults. Even if your parents control your apps you have a higher risk of depression and anxiety.

They experienced poorer sleep equality, higher depression and anxiety levels, and lower self esteem. Increased time spent on social media, or T.S.S.M., has made scientists worried about future generations.

According to Sage Journals “It was concluded that there is an urgent need to pay more attention to the mental health of adolescent secondary school boys in Saudi Arabia.” Social Media has caused many people to have Fear of Missing Out, or F.O.M.O. Social Media has also caused mental health problems

According to the Pediatrics Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics "Early research has explored the impact of traditional media (eg, television, movies) on children’s acute fears, which can result in anxieties and related sleep disturbances that are difficult to remedy."

According to Taylor & Francis Online an International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 1-15, 2019 “A search of PsycINFO, Medline, Embase, CINAHL and SSCI databases reaped 13 eligible studies, of which 12 were cross-sectional.Findings were classified into four domains of social media: time spent, activity, investment and addiction. All domains correlated with depression, anxiety and psychological distress.” Phones may be fun, but be careful how much time you spend on them.