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Social media use does not harm mental health

November 14, 2017

Time spent on social media was not associated with negative mental health outcomes among young adults; however, posting vague yet alarming information on social media was associated with suicidal ideation.

“Because of this growing presence of social media in young people’s lives, some commenters have expressed concern about potential adverse effects,” Chloe Berryman, of University of Central Florida, and colleagues wrote. “Could reliance on social media for social interactions pejoratively influence real-life social contacts, leading to isolation and loneliness? Could social media use isolate people from close contact and communication with others, thereby decreasing empathy? And could overuse of social media lead to larger problems with mental health including suicidal ideation?”

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