These 5 Social Media Habits Are Linked with Depression

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You might be familiar with the experience of scrolling through your Facebook feed, only to feel like everyone else's lives are better than yours.

But such "social comparisons" may be linked with a higher likelihood of having depression. That's one finding from a new study that identified a total of five social media behaviors linked with the mental health condition. The study was presented May 25 at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in San Francisco.

In the study, the researchers analyzed information from around 500 undergraduate students who actively used Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or Snapchat and completed an online survey to examine certain social media behaviors, as well as symptoms of major depressive disorder.

 

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