Young adults who use social media all the time are prone to developing depression within six months. Moreover, the likeliness does not depend on their personality type. The study is, “Associations between social media use, personality structure, and development of depression”. Furthermore, the co-author of the research was Renae Merrill, a doctoral student, at the University of Arkansas.
Merrill wrote the paper with Brian Primack at Oregon State University and Chunhua Cao, at the University of Alabama.
The authors noted that,
The findings were that people who are amiable are 49% more likely to suffer from depression. Moreover, people with low neuroticism who use social for more than 300 minutes per day were more likely to develop depression.
Sampling and Questionnaireof Social Media Users
The samples were of 1000 US adults between eighteen to thirty. They used the data of 2018 by Primack and his colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh.
Moreover, a health questionnaire was used to measure depression. The measurement was done based on how long they spent on social media platforms. Furthermore, the big five inventory measured personality. It assessed openness, extraversion, neuroticism, and agreeableness.
Other then the findings of the study, it was suggested by the authors that problematic social comparison enhances negative feelings, explaining the increase in the risk of depression with the use of social media. Moreover, it reduces the possibility of in-person interactions or activities.
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