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