In this age of ever-increasing technology, it’s no secret that spending time on our screens is detrimental to our overall well-being. Being distracted by our electronic devices has already been shown to decrease our actual personal, face-to-face interaction with our peers, as well as contribute to feelings of disconnect in social settings.
Recently, however, a recently published study by the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences found that multi-social media users are actually more likely to be depressed than their peers who are more social media conservative. Through this study, researchers determined that millennials who consistently used more than one platform for a long period of time–rather than only one social media platform–showed increased depression and anxiety. Shockingly, those who reported using 7-11 platforms had more than three times the risk of depression and anxiety than peers who used 0-2 platforms in all, regardless of total overall time spent on social media.
Development of the use of multiple platforms is something largely unique to Generation Y, better known as millennials. Nowadays, kids are often using more than one way to stay in touch. They don’t just share a post on Facebook–they’ll post the same photo on Instagram, make a short video on Snapchat, and write about it in 140 characters on Twitter. Read more