I Thought I Told You To Put That Phone Down!

Compared with participants who used less than 120 minutes per day of social media, for example, young adults who used more than 300 minutes per day were 2.8 times as likely to become depressed within six months.The study, which will be published online Dec. 10 and is scheduled for the February 2021 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, is the first large, national study to show a link between social media use and depression over time.

University of Arkansas. “Increased social media use linked to developing depression.” ScienceDaily. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201210074722.htm (accessed December 13, 2020).

Journal Reference

  1. Brian A. Primack, Ariel Shensa, Jaime E. Sidani, César G. Escobar-Viera, Michael J. Fine. Temporal Associations Between Social Media Use and Depression. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2020; DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2020.09.014

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3 thoughts on “I Thought I Told You To Put That Phone Down!

    • Not just children but their parents too. Note the study I quoted showed higher incidence of depression when social media use was >300 minutes. How in the hell do you get anything else done if you spend over five hours a day using social media/cell phone?

  1. I’ve asked the exact same question! Somehow I can’t imagine working full-time, and especially going through college, medical school, and residency with all the distractions of social media.

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