Reducing the Fear of Social Media
The research findings go a long way to suggest that too much social media does not cause depression, and goes some way toward dissuading public uncertainty about the impact of today’s online technology.
Heffer goes on to explain that media headlines citing ‘Facebook’ and ‘depression’ create the widespread assumption that use of the platform leads to depression.
She also admits that factors such as personality may indeed play a part in the level of impact social media can have on individual mental health. Some teens, for example, might use social media as a kind of negative comparison tool, while others only use it to keep in touch with family and friends.