It seems harmless. Check a photo. Post a photo. See what others are up to. What could be wrong with that?
Yet according to Tech Crunch, a new study tested a regular social media group and one limited to 10 minutes per day.
The limited 10-minute group shows less depression, anxiety.1
It shows more stable mental health and social support. What’s going on?
People actually need to spend time together.
They do! We do! We all do.
The American Psychological Association stated that nearly 40% of Americans up their time with people and social events to combat stress.2 Further, time with family can alleviate stress. In a nearly 10-year study at Yale and Berkeley, people who didn\’t have a social fabric died three times more during those years, than someone who had family and close friends.3 And even those who don\’t have the greatest or healthiest lifestyle — even they last longer when they have friends, family, social integration in meaningful ways.4
According to Psychology Today, positive mental health increases with these ties. Depression, anxiety, go down.5
Positive uplift, positive affect, take place. You are a better you, even if you aren\’t taking care of you!
So connect today. Get off the metal and get in front of people. Start living a more positive life!
Connecting in person,
1 Coldewey, Devin, “Limiting social media use reduced loneliness and depression in new experiment”, Tech Crunch, November 9, 2018,https://techcrunch.com/2018/11/09/limiting-social-media-use-reduced-loneliness-and-depression-in-new-experiment/
2 Guest Contributor, “Most Effective Stress Relievers”, Forbes, November 3, 2009, https://www.forbes.com/2009/11/02/stress-relief-tips-lifestyle-health-stress.html#7095b16e357a
3 Berkman, Lisa F. and Syme, S. Leonard, “Social Networks, Host Resistance and Mortality: A Nine-Year Follow-Up Study of Alameda County Residents”, American Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 109, No. 2, pages 186-204
4 Brody, Jane E., “Social Interaction is Critical for Mental and Physical Health, The New York Times, June 12, 2017, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/12/well/live/having-friends-is-good-for-you.html
5 Bergland, Christopher, “Face-to-Face Social Contact Reduces Risk of Depression”, Psychology Today, October 5, 2015, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-athletes-way/201510/face-face-social-contact-reduces-risk-depression
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