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Can Social Media Cause Depression?

Can Social Media Cause Depression?


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Does social media play a role in depression?

By some estimates, roughly 4 billion people across the world use networking websites as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, prompting mental health experts to investigate if enormous popularity of social media plays a role in depression.

Research suggests that people who limit their time on so...

Defining depression

Clinical depression or major depressive disorder is a mood disorder characterized by ongoing feelings of sadness and los of interest in activities that an individual once enjoyed.

Depression can be mild of severe and make it difficult for those with the condition to concentrate, sleep or ea...

Bad news

For heavy social media users, people wo log in for multiple hours at a time or multiple times a day, this means exposure to nonstop news, including bad news. Headlines related to natural disasters, terrorist attacks, political strife, celebrity deaths, and the COVID-19 pandemic is on the top of ...


The habit of binging bad news on social media sites or else where online is known as "doomscrolling" and it can adversely affect one's mental health, leading anxiety or depression symptoms to develop or heighten.

A clinical psychologist calles it “vicious cycle of negativit...

Why young people are at risk

Prior to social media and the internet, children only had to worry about bullying on school grounds, for the most part. But social media has given bullies a new way to torment their victims.

With just one click, bullies can circulate a video of their target being ridiculed, beaten up, or ot...

The facts on social media and depression

  • Social media has never been more popular, with more than half of the world population active on these networking sites that roll out nonstop news, much negative
  • The lancet study found that people who check facebook late at night were more likely to feel depressed an unhappy.
  • ...

Safely using social media

Using social media comes with mental health risks, but that doesn't mean it should be completely avoided. Experts recommend using these networking websites in moderation.

  • Set a timer for using social media or install an app that tracks how long you’ve spent on a networking site.

Some studies about social media and mental health reveal that there's a correlation between networking websites and depression. Other research goes a step further, finding that social media may very well cause depression.

A landmark study — “No More FOMO: Limiting Social Media Decreases Lon...

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