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As we’re living in this day and age, we are constantly spending time on social media. It’s become an integral part of our lives and it’s something we now no longer can live without. With that said, you may want to reflect on your social media usage as studies have suggested that it may increase your chances of developing depression and anxiety.

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In a study by the University of Pittsburg, it’s revealed that as young adults spend more time on social media, it’s more likely for them to be depressed. It isn’t just the significant amount of time spent on social media that drives us towards mental health issues, but the number of platforms we use also contribute to that result.

In another survey done by the University of Pittsburg with almost 2,000 young adults, results show that individuals who uses seven to eleven social media platforms are three times likely to show symptoms of depression and anxiety, compared that of individuals who use lesser platforms.

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Lead author of the study Brian A. Primack quoted, ” “It may be that people who suffer from symptoms of depression or anxiety, or both, tend to subsequently use a broader range of social media outlets. For example, they may be searching out multiple avenues for a setting that feels comfortable and accepting.”

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It’s difficult not to be hooked on social media, but when it’s been affecting how you feel emotionally and mentally, you might want to take a break and put down that smartphone. After all, being digitally detached can always be a rejuvenating experience, and just might be the thing to get you refreshed to restart.

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