'One of the ‘things’ that figuratively blows my mind is how anyone can spend so much time on social media networks, ostensibly interacting with once-removed humans! The lack of real, one-on-one personal interaction is missing, regardless of what social media addicts think.
More and more, younger generations apparently are devoid of real, in-person social interactions and may not realize the impact that form of communication has upon their mental health and overall wellbeing. Scientists, and others, are beginning to understand the ramifications of such behaviors as ‘not normal’ due to the unhappy, negative feelings social media participation apparently creates within certain individuals.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania decided to study social media FOMO, “the fear of missing out” and published their findings/results in the December 2018 issue of the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. Here’s the 18-page PDF for that study titled “NO MORE FOMO: LIMITING SOCIAL MEDIA DECREASES LONELINESS AND DEPRESSION,” which I’d like to encourage everyone to read and take seriously, since there are too many “triggers” inducing various forms of mental illness in today’s digital world.
As the Conclusion of the above article says,
[….] Our study is the first ecologically valid, experimental investigation that examines multiple social media platforms and tracks actual usage objectively. The results from our experiment strongly suggest that limiting social media usage does have a direct and positive impact on subjective well-being over time, especially with respect to decreasing loneliness and depression. That is, ours is the first study to establish a clear causal link between decreasing social media use, and improvements in loneliness and depression. It is ironic, but perhaps not surprising, that reducing social media, which promised to help us connect with others, actually helps people feel less lonely and depressed.
All 143 participants [108 women, 35 men] in the study were required to have the following social media contacts: Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat accounts, and to own an iPhone.
The subject pool consisted of students enrolled in psychology courses for which they could participate in studies to earn course credit.
All participants were observed for Interpersonal Support and Evaluation; Fear of Missing Out (FOMO); Loneliness; Anxiety; Depression; Self-esteem; and Autonomy and Self-acceptance.'
Read more: Feeling Lonely Or Depressed, Then Limit Social Media Time Per New Study