Spending a lot of time on social networks is increasing the feeling of loneliness a cause depression, according to new research published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. Y main cause of the depression that our networks push us is the "subsidiary comparison" with the lives of other users.
143 students took part in the experiment that was based on the work Facebook, Instagram a Snapchat. Firstly, the survey scientists conducted the fun and well-being of the volunteers, and also measured the average time of their presence on social networks with the help of the statistics provided by the iPhone.
Subsequently, the students were divided into two groups. In the first, who served as a management group, the students dedicated themselves to social networks as long as usual. Members of the second group did not use the experimental group more than ten minutes day in each of the social networks. He held the experiment three weeks.
Once the experiment had finished, the special questionnaires were prepared for volunteers with seven indicators: social support, fear that they embedded themselves from the environment, loneliness, anxiety, depression, self -arch and self-acceptance.
Well, the study finds that loneliness and depression depend directly of the time we spend on social networks. In addition, all members showed an experimental group Fewer low depression symptoms than members and the management group.
One of the authors of the work, Melissa G. Hunt, says "less attention to social networks makes us feel less on your own."