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from Lorenzo Nicolao

According to various studies, it was the spread of Facebook and Instagram that caused depression and psychological distress. The detachment of the screen, even for a few hours, is equivalent to a new form of mental serenity.

Are Social Media the Cause of Depression and Anxiety? Probably a factor as to why they’re doing so poorly Fomo (Fear Of Missing Out) causes great discomfort to people when they can’t look at their phone or control their profiles after a short time. Often to navigate the timeline or the house Facebookas of Instagram I Twittercarries a large feeling of inadequacy, because the experiences of others seem more beautiful and because you feel judged if you do not like your own sharing and do not achieve the same success as your peers, not only in the world of young people, which in any case is the most sensitive to this phenomenon. About the psychologist Jonathan Haidt have published an academic article on The Atlantic, explaining the extent to which Instagram can be lethal to the mental health of girls, who are constantly subjected to stress by the judgment and dominance of images, subordinate to what will be the judgment of users. This research is also supported by some Facebook sources, who at the moment preferred to remain anonymous. About 32% of girls feel uncomfortable with their body and Instagram (which, however, is part of Half) only highlights an exposed nerve, amplifying it and generating more psychological suffering. So did Frances Haugen, an American computer scientist who, working at Meta, had revealed a lot of internal information about a year ago, highlighting the impact of social media on people’s mental health.

The negative effects

In the United Kingdom, as also reported by the Financial Times, between 2003 and 2018 there was a sharp increase in anxiety, depression and self-harm, as well as nutrition and metabolism problems of children under 21, where girls they have suffered more than their male counterparts. Haidt, along with his American colleague Jean Twenge they have even found cases of solitude or real hikikomori, which increased considerably in the 10s of the 2000s, until they worsened even more with the arrival of the pandemic and confinement. A phenomenon that went hand in hand with the increased popularity of smartphones even at an early age, in the preadolescent phase. Amy Orben I Andrew Przybylskiresearchers forOxford University, went further, studying the correlation between the well-being of adolescents and the time spent daily on social media, constantly monitored through the mobile screen. Compared to previous years, where social media played a minor role even within Internetwith the advent of Facebook in 2004, the study found a marked deterioration in psychological health.

The litmus test

The answer to these problems is given by practical feedback received by researchers, through an experimental phase that, for both carefully selected and randomized subjects, asked the individuals examined to dispense with social media. Result of the study of Allcott hunting, during the 2018 US midterm elections, among other things, a great psychological improvement in terms of well-being and serenity. Most recent studies conducted byUniversity of Bath (UK) have noticed the gods improvements even in the short term, since also a break of a few days it seems like it can completely change people’s mood. In some cases, the effects are noticeable even after a few hours. It may not be surprising, you may not be able to do without social media anyway, but certainly because smoking can cause cancer (and it took a long time to prove it scientifically over the years), social media could also being an undeniable cause of new forms of discomfort, even if of a psychological nature. Therefore, although less obvious at first glance, according to experts should not be underestimated, as the studies to be done in this regard.

June 17, 2022 (change June 17, 2022 | 3:03 PM)

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