Social Media Use May Raise Risk of Depressive Symptoms In Adults

Social Media Use May Raise Risk of Depressive Symptoms In Adults

Social media use may raise risk of depressive symptoms in adults, including older adults. A new study found that the use of some social media has correlations with an increased risk of depressive symptoms.

Several studies have shown that social media use has associations with reduced well-being and increased anxiety and depression among adolescents and young adults.

A review was based on 47 studies that investigated the accuracy of self-reported digital media use. For the findings, the researchers conducted a survey study investigating the link between social media use and the development of depressive symptoms.

The study results appear in the JAMA Network Open.

The previous study has demonstrated the association of Snapchat, Facebook, and TikTok use with a significantly greater risk of an increase in self-reported depressive symptoms.

The researchers analyzed survey data on individuals aged 18 years and above. They queried participants on their use of social media, whether they consumed any sources of COVID-19-related news in the last 24 hours, and the number of social supports they have available to discuss problems.

“I believe the ‘link’ found in this study is dubious but, generally, if there is a link [between social media] and depression, there could be a number of explanations. In the time of COVID-19, I believe the most plausible explanation is that many people experienced increases in depression due to the myriad negative impacts of the pandemic,” Craig J. R. Sewall, who was not involved in the study, said.