A new study suggests addiction may be linked with the high use of social media in people with depression. People who check social media most frequently throughout the week were 2.7 times more likely to be depressed than those who check it least often, the study found.
Compared with peers who spend less time on social media, people who spend the most time on social media throughout the day are 1.7 times more likely to be depressed, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found.
Addiction seemed to explain about three-fourths of the effect of social media use on depression, the researchers report in Depression and Anxiety.
“It may be that people who already are depressed are turning to social media to fill a void,” researcher Lui yi Lin said in a news release.