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Tuesday, 9 July 2019

It's a common assumption that the use of social media platforms can be adversely affect the mental health of the people, but new research
has shown that using these networking sites reduces the risk of an adult experiencing depression or anxiety. Could. Facebook's reputation has been drowned in recent years for several reasons, including its role in the 2016 elections and recent data violations.
In addition, studies they have suggested that the social media can be the cause of psychological distress, loneliness and depression. For example, research of 2019 suggested that leaving Facebook may improve overall welfare. However, a study of 2018 on the use of social media by the undergraduates found that limiting the use of social media for about 30 minutes per day could improve mental health.
Now, Keith Hampton, who is a professor of media and information at the Michigan State University in East Lansing, has challenged the claim by analyzing the effects of the use of Facebook on adults that social media platforms contribute to the mental health crisis in the United States. Are there. Results appear in the journal of computer-mediated communication.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 50 million adults in the US live with mental illness. These diseases include many different conditions, such as depression and anxiety, which vary from light to severe.
Analyze Facebook Effect on Adults
Pro. Hampton believes that the problem with previous studies is that they focus on college students and other youth.
Many people experience emotional upheaval during these life stages, and this can affect the findings of research, instead of using technology specifically.
"Take a snapshot of the anxiety felt by young people today and conclude that due to social media, there is a danger to a whole generation, and ignores the more significant social changes, such as the effects of the Great Depression, the single-child Increase in families, older age and more protective parents, more college going children, and growing student loans, "Prof. Hampton says.
Pro. Hampton had data from 2015 and 2016 with thousands of adults participating in the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), which is "the world's longest domestic panel survey." As part of the PSID, participants answered many questions about the use of social media and its effects on their mental health.
The unique structure of PSID made it possible to analyze the relationship between family members. Overall, 5,129 people answered these questions in both 2015 and 2016, and out of these, 3,790 were members of the family, who completed both surveys. In addition, Prof. Hampton was able to test the hypothesis related to social work-causes, which he considered to be ignoring the previous research. Social work takes into account all the social factors that can affect mental health beyond the control of the person, such as the low socioeconomic status.
The findings showed that 63% of social media users were less likely to experience mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety than not using these sites. Pro. Hampton suggests that this is because social media has made it easier for them to be in touch with extended family members and get health information.

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