Limiting the utilization of social media Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat directly leads to reductions in loneliness and depression, per a recent study revealed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania.
The study is titled “No more FOMO: Limiting Social Media Decreases Loneliness and Depression,” and as a part of it, researchers determined 143 college boy students over 3 weeks.
The students were split into 2 groups: one that continuing to use social media as normal and another that was limited to using every social service to ten minutes per day. Students sent researchers screenshots of their iPhone battery usage, that shows what percentage minutes are spent on every app every day, to trace their usage of the apps.
The experiment found that among the group that limited its use of social media, the researchers saw important declines in depressive symptoms.
“Not comparing my life to the lives of others had a much stronger impact than I expected, and that i felt a lot a lot of positive regarding myself throughout those weeks,” one students said according to study.
Facebook couldn’t be reached for comment. Snap, the maker of Snapchat, declined to comment.
Though other studies have found correlations between social media and mental health problems, this study claims to be the primary “to establish a transparent causal link between decreasing social media use, and enhancements in loneliness and depression.”
“It is ironic, however perhaps not shocking, that reducing social media, that promised to help us connect with others, really helps individuals feel less lonely and depressed,” the study reads.