Attraction to social media is linked to a preference for social isolation

Study: Attraction to social media is linked to a preference for social isolation (PsyPost)
The "social" in social media may be a misnomer. New research published in Psychological Reports provides evidence that the use of social media is related ...
New research published in Psychological Reports provides evidence that the use of social media is related to a preference for solitary activities rather than social ones. 136 participants rated the desirability of 40 images that consisted of popular social media icons, as well as scenes involving solitary activities and scenes involving people in social activities. Traffic signs…

To feel less depressed, limit social media use to 30 minutes a day

To feel less depressed, limit social media use to 30 minutes a day, researchers say by an author (Array)
A number of studies have by now correlated social media use with mental-health risks, such as loneliness and depression. But correlation isn’t causation, leaving a bit of a chicken-and-egg problem: Is social media actually behind these issues, or are people who are already depressed and lonely just more likely to spend time on social media?
A new study (PDF here) being published in December’s Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has tried to look into the causal side of things, and see whether people may actually feel better when they cut down on social media. Its conclusion: “Our findings strongly suggest that limiting social…

Major depression on the rise among everyone, new data shows

Major depression on the rise among everyone, new data shows (NBC News)
Biggest increase in diagnoses seen in teens
Major depression is on the rise among Americans from all age groups, but is rising fastest among teens and young adults, new health insurance data shows. So what is possibly behind the data? “Many people are worried about how busy they are,” said Dr. Laurel Williams, chief of psychiatry at Texas Children’s Hospital. “There’s a…