Use of many social media platforms was found to cause severe depression and anxiety in young adults. The University of Pittsburgh Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health (CRMTH) found that people who used between 7 and 11 social media platforms were over three times as likely to suffer from depression and anxiety than those who used none or up to two.
According to Brian A. Primack MD, PhD from CRMTH, “This association is strong enough that clinicians could consider asking their patients with depression and anxiety about multiple platform use and counseling them that this use may be related to their symptoms. While we can’t tell from this study whether depressed and anxious people seek out multiple platforms or whether something about using multiple platforms can lead to depression and anxiety, in either case the results are potentially valuable.”
‘using multiple platforms can lead to depression and anxiety…’
The researchers attribute this phenomenon to several reasons. First, it could be due to multitasking. Switching back and forth between platforms is known to damage cognition and lead to mental health issues. Second, the environments established by each platform leads to negative moods. Last, it’s easy to make embarrassing mistakes when you are using a lot of different types of social media.
Today, the general population relies heavily on social media that comes in many forms. Twitter and Facebook are the two largest platforms, but they aren’t the only ones. Having more than just one or two can get confusing and further tangle the web of frustration, depression, and anxiety that is established by using even just one account on social media.