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- Facebook posts, Instagram likes and Tiktok videos are - today more than ever - part of our daily life. And it is not new. Social networks are here to stay, changing the way we inform ourselves and relate to others
Facebook posts, Instagram likes and Tiktok videos are - today more than ever - part of our daily life. And it is not new. Social networks are here to stay, changing the way we inform ourselves and relate to others
But, despite the fact that social networks promise to connect us more, many times it has the opposite effect since they isolate us from the real world to immerse ourselves in the digital world, which directly affects the psychological health of users.
A study published by the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology reports that levels of depression and loneliness decrease considerably by limiting the use of social networks.
In this study, the time limit for use was 10 minutes per platform per day. According to a testimony cited in the document, "not comparing my life with the lives of others had a stronger impact than I expected and I felt much more positive about myself during those weeks."
Likewise, in a study reported by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), people who closed their Facebook account for a month reported an increase in offline activities such as spending more time with family and friends. Furthermore, the study found that anxiety levels decreased, and the perception of personal life improved.
Although currently there is very little data that delves further into the impact that social networks have on our psychological state, it is recommended so far to limit the use of these virtual platforms to 30 minutes a day.
And despite the fact that in the current situation of confinement it is more difficult to get away from them, the APA recommends making the most of them through the following recommendations:
Find out. Follow trusted news pages to stay away from fake news.
- Fight isolation. Older adults are more likely to feel lonely and isolated; teach a senior citizen how to use social media, so you can combat isolation and loneliness.
- Share your hobbies. Search and join communities that share your tastes and interests.
- Get closer to those farthest away. Use the benefits of technology to reconnect your loved ones who live far away.