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Beware: Social Media use can lead you to depression

Do you frequently click new selfies to post on Instagram or update minute details regarding your life on Facebook? If so, then there are chances that you are depressed.

As per the newly released study, the more time youngsters spends on social media the more are the chances that they get depressed.

Spending more time on social media may increase the risk of exposure to cyber-bullying or other similar negative interactions, which can cause feelings of depression.

Also, unlimited use of social media could fuel “Internet addiction,” a proposed psychiatric condition closely associated with depression.

The results of the study showed that on an average the participants used social media a total of 61 minutes per day and visited various social media accounts 30 times per week.

Compared with those who checked social media least frequently, participants who reported most frequent checking throughout the week had 2.7 times the likelihood of depression.

Similarly, participants who spent the most total time on social media throughout the day had 1.7 times the risk of depression, when compared to peers who spent less time on social media.

The research is published online in the journal Depression and Anxiety.

However, exposure to social media also may cause depression, which could then in turn fuel more use of social media, the researchers pointed out.

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