Researchers in public policy and education have recently found that young adults who use social media are much more likely to develop depression within six months.
And this is regardless of personality type.
Renae Merrill, a doctoral student in the Public Policy Program at the University of Arkansas, recently penned a report published in the Journal of Affective Disorders reporters that studies the connection and predisposition of depression in correlation to social media use.
The paper noted, “Previous research has linked the development of depression with numerous factors. However, the literature has been lacking in studies focusing on how various personality characteristics may interact with social media use and depression. This new study addressed these important research questions, finding strong and linear associations of depression across all personality traits.”
The study looked at over 1,000 US adults between 18 and 30 in 2018 and suggested that problematic social comparison can enhance negative self-images and feelings of oneself.
And there’s nothing more prevalent on social media than the urge to compare yourself to someone else.
The study comes at a vital time as advocacy groups are pushing to hold companies accountable for their platforms’ impact on young adults.