A new study examined the role of social media in depression.
The supposed effects of social media on young people sound drastic enough to make anyone switch off their cell phone.
Some studies have indicated that young people can develop an addiction to social media.
Meanwhile, other studies have linked this with poor sleep, poor self-esteem, and potentially poor mental health.
However, new research has now dispelled the belief that social media use can bring about depression.
Previous studies have made this claim based on measurements from a single point in time, but this new study took a long-term approach.
“You have to follow the same people over time in order to draw the conclusion that social media use predicts greater depressive symptoms,” says lead study author Taylor Heffer, of Brock University in St. Catharine’s, Canada.
“By using two large longitudinal samples, we were able to empirically test that assumption.”