An Easy Way to Reduce Depression And Loneliness

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Reducing loneliness and
depression could be as simple as this…
Limiting social media to 30
minutes per day decreases feelings of loneliness and depression, new research
The study strongly suggests
that excessive social media use makes people more depressed and lonely.
It is also ironic that less
‘social’ media use reduces feelings of loneliness.
For the study, 143 college
students were tracked for three weeks.
Half were told to use social
media as normal, while the other half were instructed to limit it to 30 minutes
per day.
All reported their use of
Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram along with feelings of anxiety, depression,
loneliness and fear of missing out.
Dr Melissa G. Hunt, the
study’s first author, explained the results:
“Here’s the bottom line. Using less social media than
you normally would leads to significant decreases in both depression and
These effects are particularly
pronounced for folks who were more depressed when they came into the study.”
Dr Hunt does not think young
people should stop using social media all together.

Limiting screen time, though,
seems sensible, she says:
“It is a little ironic that
reducing your use of social media actually makes you feel less lonely. 
Some of the existing
literature on social media suggests there’s an enormous amount of social
comparison that happens. 
When you look at other
people’s lives, particularly on Instagram, it’s easy to conclude that everyone
else’s life is cooler or better than yours.”

Dr Hunt concluded:
“When you’re not busy getting
sucked into clickbait social media, you’re actually spending more time on
things that are more likely to make you feel better about your life. 
In general, I would say, put
your phone down and be with the people in your life.”
The study was published in the
Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology (Hunt et al., 2018).

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.