U of A Research Finds Connection Between Social Media and Depression

January 26, 2021

Health & Wellness

U of A Research Finds Connection Between Social Media and Depression

NWA Daily

According to a recent study by a UA dean and his research team, young adults who spend five to six hours a day or longer on social media are more likely to be diagnosed with depression than others. -The Arkansas Traveler

  • Dr. Brian Primack and four other researchers are the first to find a direct correlation between long-term social media use and depression in a national study.
  • The study, which began in 2018, followed 1,000 subjects of diverse backgrounds and stated that their personal identities did not affect their likelihood of becoming depressed.
  • University directors are encouraging students to unplug from social media periodically to avoid the constant consumption of negative messages.
  • "Consciousness of the connection between depression and social media use can cause individuals to recognize the importance of balance in their personal and social lives," Primack said. -Arkansas Traveler

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