With people spending more time on social media, many rightly wonder whether that time is good for us. Do people connect in meaningful ways online? Or are they simply consuming trivial updates and polarizing memes at the expense of time with loved ones? These are critical questions for Silicon Valley — and for both of us.
Hard Questions: Is Spending Time on Social Media Bad for Us?
Social media use increases depression and loneliness, study finds -- ScienceDaily
Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. The harmful effects of social media are well-documented. Lesser-known research shows social media use may provide mental health benefits. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.
Docs warn about teens and 'Facebook depression'
The average teen spends about nine hours per day using media for their enjoyment, according to a report by Common Sense Media. Frighteningly, those same teens spend less than an average of 10 minutes a day talking to their parents. Movies, commercials, magazines, and websites portray beautiful people as ideal. Underweight models and Photoshopped images of perfection are everywhere.
The link between the two has been talked about for years, but a causal connection had never been proven. For the first time, University of Pennsylvania research based on experimental data connects Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram use to decreased well-being. Psychologist Melissa G.