Social media users tend to be lonely
You might think social media makes us connect with the people closest to you for 24 hours a week, but a new study finds that social media thus makes us feel increasingly lonely.
That study found that if you spend more than two hours per day for social media, the chances of feeling isolated is twice as big.
The research conducted by the University of Pittsburgh and researching 1,787 adults aged between 19 and 32 about the use of the 11 most popular social media sites-Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit, Tumblr, pinterest, Vine and LinkedIn-at the time of research carried out in 2014.
They found that people who visit social networks more than 58 times a week tend to be three times more likely to feel lonely than those who use the site under nine times.
Long-standing presumption that social media contributes to rising FOMO (fear of missing out), but this study suggests the real problem may be more serious.
But it is unclear whether social media cause loneliness, or people who are already lonely more often spending time on social media.
“We don’t know yet which came first-the use of social media or feelings of social isolation,” said Elizabeth Miller, a Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh.
“There is a possibility that young adults who initially felt socially isolated switch to social media. Or it could be that the increased use of social media is somehow causing the feeling of being isolated from the real world. “
This study shows that the longer a person spends in social media, the less time they have for social interaction in real life, so Independent.
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