Past research has shown that people who use social media may be at risk of depression, but a new study has found the link may be rooted in addiction, Reuters reports. The findings were published in the journal Depression and Anxiety, and come from 1,763 people ages 19-32, who were asked questions about their:
- Symptoms of Depression
- Social Media Use
- Addictive Behaviors
The researchers looked at how often the participants used 11 of the most commonly accessed social media platforms, according to the article. The sites included:
“Ultimately, it appears that the way social media is used, rather than the amount social media is used, leads to maladaptive outcomes,” said Lindsay Howard of the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology.