chatbots and mental health

Social networks causes of depression and solitude

It does not matter what you today made on your telephone or computer, is probable that there are involved social networks.

You were with friends on Facebook, you published photos of your dog in Instagram? Perhaps a connection of Twitter brought to you here.

In spite of the popularity of the platforms of social networks and the rapidity with which they have been inserted in almost all the facets of our lives, a remarkable lack of clear data exists exceeds how they affect to us personally: our social behaviors, our relations and our mental health.

In many cases, the information available is not beautiful.

Do the social networks cause depression?

A new study concludes that, in fact, a causal bond between the use of the social networks and the negative effects exists on the well-being, mainly the depression and the solitude. The study was published in the Social Journal of and Clinical Psychology.

€œWhat we found generally is that if uses less social networks, in fact less it is gotten depressed and less only, which means that the diminution in the use of the social networks is what causes that qualitative change in its well-being€, shelp Jordyn Young, a Co author of the article and student of last year in the University of Pennsylvania.

€œBefore this, everything what we could say era that exists an association between the use of the social networks and to have bad results with the well-being€, it shelp.

The investigators say that this is the first time that settles down a causal bond in the scientific research.

The study included 143 students of the University of Pennsylvania. They were assigned randomly to one of two groups: one that would continue as usual with its habits of social networks or one that would significantly limit the access the social networks.

During three weeks, the experimental group reduced its use of the social networks to 30 minutes per day, 10 minutes in three different platforms (Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat).

In order to maintain these experimental conditions, the investigators analyzed the data of use of the telephone, that documented how long went using each application per day. All the participants of the study had to use iPhones.

But, why to leave the experimental group he uses the social networks?

€œWe did not think that [outside the complete abstinence] a precise representation from the landscape of the world in which we lived today. The social networks surround us in many capacities€, shelp Young.

The results were clear: the group that used less social networks, although did not eliminate itself completely, had better results of mental health.

The readings of reference for the participants were taken in the home from the test in several areas of well-being: social support, fear to lose itself, solitude, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, autonomy and self-acceptance.

At the end of the test, those in the experimental group saw diminish the solitude as much as the depressive symptoms, and the greatest changes happened in which majors informed levels into depression.

€œHe does not matter where they began, if one says to them that they limit his social networks, have less depression, without mattering which are their initial levels€, Young shelp.

Meanwhile, both groups saw a diminution in the levels of anxiety and fear lose itself, which the investigators affirm that he could come from users who simply become more conscious from their use of the social networks when participating in the test.

Even with an established causal bond, still it is a greater question and without answer: Why?


Our cured lives

How the designed could systems to approach us our friendly and relatives to be detrimental for our mental health?

Like the algorithm that feeds your feed on Facebook, is complicated.

Some general theories have arrived at the vanguard, some obvious and others not as much.

€œWhat it often happens when they initiate session is that a great amount of social comparison activates€, shelp Oscar Ybarra, PhD, professor of psychology in the University of Michigan. €œThe people not necessarily must be very conscious that this is happening, but does. When you initiate session, you are fighting generally with cured content very in the other side €œ.

Ybarra has published articles on the relation between Facebook and certain results of mental health. It tried to discover by itself €œwhy€ of this relation.

She indicates that even if the people are conscious of €œthe cured€ nature of many platforms in line, €œnevertheless, they feel as €˜How I am piling up myself€™ Or €˜How my life is being piled up€™ In comparison and so these people are presenting. I believe that what happens is that the more you use the platforms, the more lie down to induce the social comparisons, and that is related to these decrements in how the people feel €œ.

These constant €œascending social comparisons€ can happen hundreds of times to the day, following the frequency with which feeds of social networks reviews his.


The use of the social networks can damage its mental health, especially when it is used with more frequency.
To establish limits and to rely on them can help to diminish these effects.


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