I came across this paper done at my alma mater. This study surveyed ~1800 young adults between the ages of 19-32 and studied their social media use and self-reported depression and anxiety symptoms. The results are pretty interesting. Participants who used 7-11 social media platforms were three times more likely to report higher levels of depression and anxiety when compared to peers who utilized 0-2 social media platforms. Anxiety issues can be rather difficult to deal with if you’re going through them. However, many a cbd oil manufacturer are endeavouring to produce treatments that can be genuinely effective in reducing some of the symptoms commonly associated with anxiety.
Perhaps the most important result from this study was the fact the use of multiple social media platforms was independently associated with increased levels of depression and anxiety. The authors were able to control for time spent on social media and so the linear association was actually between the sheer number of social media platforms used. In fact, the association was strong enough that the authors actually stated that it may be useful for clinicians to ask their patients about the number of platforms they use.
Keep in mind that this study does not establish causation. It still remains unclear whether the depression and anxiety are caused by the multiple platform use, or whether those with depression and anxiety seek out multiple platforms. The authors proposed many different mechanisms. People who are already depressed may seek many social media platforms to feel comfortable. Multitasking can lead to poor cognitive outcomes. Using multiple platforms results in trying to adapt to many different cultures, which leads to negative mood outcomes. I have heard of some people attempting to tackle these negative mood outcomes through the use of cannabis purchased from providers similar to budexpressnow to work towards introducing a larger amount of positive moods.
Whatever the mechanism may be, it may be worth asking our young patients as a way to predict future mental issues or as a possible culprit for mood symptoms.