New Study Finds Limiting Your Social Media Usage to 30 Minutes a Day Reduces Risk of Depression and Loneliness

A new study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that limiting one’s social media usage to 30 minutes per day can lead to significant improvement’s in well-being.

Specifically, less time scrolling through photos of friends and old high school acquaintances can lower rates depression and loneliness.

The study — which was published in December’s Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology — was one of the first to show a cause-and-effect relationship between social media usage and mental health issues. Most studies previously on the subject have shown only a correlation between the two.

In the study, 143 undergraduate students were tested over the course of two semesters. The students were either put into a group that was instructed to limit their social media usage on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to 30 minutes per day, total, with 10 minutes each per platform, or assigned to a control group, where they were allowed to carry on with their normal social media habits.

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SOURCE: Business Insider, Nick Bastone