Benefits to Limiting Social Media Use
By Madison Hanscom, PhD
Social media is everywhere.
Good luck finding someone who doesn’t spend time on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, YouTube — you name it. But how does this impact our wellbeing? This is becoming a very important question. With more people social distancing and working remotely, many individuals are turning to social media for entertainment.
Some researchers conducted a study to help us learn more (1). They randomly assigned young adults to one of two groups. The first group was a control group, so these participants were asked not to change anything. The second group was the experimental group, and they were asked to limit all social media use to only 10 minutes a day. This lasted for three weeks.
What was the result? The experimental group reported less loneliness, depressive symptoms, FOMO (fear of missing out), and anxiety than the control group. This is a helpful takeaway that can benefit our personal and professional lives.
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(1) Hunt, M. G., Marx, R., Lipson, C., & Young, J. (2018). No more FOMO: Limiting social media decreases loneliness and depression. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 37(10), 751-768.