Study: Social media may not have effect on mental health


A new study published on Thursday says that social media may not have an effect on your mental health.

The study by researchers from the University of Central Florida suggests it's not about ‘time’, but ‘how’ social media is used that can be harmful.

400 adults were asked how much time they spent on social media, and if it affected their moods.

Researchers say based on their study, the biggest mental health concern is “vaguebooking.” That's when people write vague posts to solicit attention and concern, like: "Are you alright?"

Past studies have shown young people who vaguebook tend to be lonelier and dwell more on suicide.

Findings appear in the journal ‘Psychiatric Quarterly.’

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