Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Many of those who began with moderate clinical depression finished just a few weeks later with very mild symptoms after drastically cutting down on their social-media use, research says.
A separate recent study conducted by psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania has shown — for the first time, researchers claimed — a causal link between time spent on social media and depression and loneliness.
The study, “No More FOMO: Limiting Social Media Decreases Loneliness and Depression,” was conducted by Melissa Hunt, Rachel Marx, Courtney Lipson and Jordyn Young, is being published by the peer-reviewed Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.
The new study suggests that Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat aren’t just popular with the lonely and depressed: They’re also making people more lonely, and more depressed.
In an increasingly polarized and heated political climate, for example,Twitter TWTR, +2.60% may be making older Americans miserable and angry — or angry Americans may use Twitter.