Spend a lot of time on social networks the feeling of loneliness e causes depression, according to a new research published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. O main cause The depression that surrounds us networks is the "subconscious comparison" with the lives of other users.
143 students participated actively in the experiment that was the basis of the work Facebook, Instagram e Snapchat. In the first place, scientists conducted a survey to identify the mood and well-being of 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, which served as a control group, the students devoted themselves to social networks as usual. The members of the second group, the experimental group, did not use it more than ten minutes one day in each of the social networks. The experiment lasted three weeks.
After the experiment was completed, psychologists prepared a special questionnaire for volunteers with seven indicators: social support, fear of isolation from the environment, loneliness, anxiety, depression, self-esteem and self-acceptance.
Well, the study discovers that Solitude and depression depend directly of the time we spend on social networks. In addition, all the members of the experimental group were shown Less symptoms of depression That the members of the control group.
One of the authors of the work, Melissa G. Hunt, says that "the least attention to social networks makes us feel less alone."