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Friday, December 23, 2016

Your social media addiction is giving you depression

Jason Zook started every morning by scrolling through Twitter, Instagram, Vine, his blog and Facebook. It started to have an effect on the 33-year-old entrepreneur’s mental health. The San Diego resident was stressed, distracted and feeling like he could never fulfill the expectations he created in his digital world, where he amassed more than 33,000 followers.

“You start your day looking at yourself compared to other people,” he says. “You feel behind, and you have other people’s opinions pressed upon you before you have a chance to have your own.”

So he went cold turkey, going on a 30-day social-media detox. It was a smart move: A recent study from the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health found that using multiple social-media platforms may put you at increased risk of depression and anxiety.



Anonymous said...

My favorite vacations are sailing in the BVI's. You stow your phone, have no TV and no communication except VHF radio. It's the most relaxing time of my life. You are completely off the grid.
We were moored at Cain Garden Bay when the 2012 election results were reported. The locals were ecstatic that Obama won. We were depressed for about 10 minutes, then the rum took care of that.

Anonymous said...

Social media is ruining this generation and many more to come.strips you of your morals and lose focus on reality and puts you in immediate contact with the rest of the world. And that isn't a good thing unless you use it in a positive manner which hardly anyone does. I deleted my fb when I got married. Couldn't be happier. And why do you want the rest of the world to have access to information of your everyday lives? It's ridiculous