It takes a lot of time in social networks feeling of loneliness and depression, According to new research published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. The the main reason networking is a "conscious comparison" with the lives of consumers, besides the depression that pushes us.
143 students took an active part in the experimental work Facebook, Instagram and Snapcatt. First, scientists surveyed the volunteers' mood and well-being, and measured the average duration of their presence in social networks using iPhone-based statistics.
Later students were divided into two groups. First, the students who worked as a supervisory group devoted themselves to social networks As usual, as usual. The second group of experimental groups did not more than ten minutes one day in every social network. The experiment was ongoing three weeks.
Upon completion of the experiment, psychologists prepared a special questionnaire for seven volunteers: social support, fear of isolation of the environment, loneliness, fear, depression, self-esteem and self-esteem.
The research is clear loneliness and depression time spent on social networks. All members of the experimental group also showed There are few signs of depression than the members of the control group.
One of the authors of the work Melissa G. Hunt says, "Paying less attention to social networks makes us feel lonely."