How Social Media Increases Depression and Loneliness

The FOMO Is Real

No matter what you did today on your phone or computer, it’s likely that social media was involved.

Did you catch up with friends on Facebook, post photos of your dog on Instagram? Maybe a Twitter link brought you here.

In the United States today, you’re statistically more likely to use social media than not — by a lot. Approximately 77 percent of all Americans have a social media profile of some kind.

Despite the popularity of social media platforms and the rapidity with which they’ve inserted themselves into nearly all facets of our lives, there’s a remarkable lack of clear data about how they affect us personally: our behaviors, our social relationships, and our mental health.

In many cases, the information that’s available isn’t pretty.

Studies have linked the use of social media to depression, anxiety, poorer sleep quality, lower self-esteem, inattention, and hyperactivity — often in teens and adolescents.

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