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Depression? Loneliness? Limit your social media usage, says study

SAN ANTONIO – Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have found that limiting social media to about 30 minutes a…

SAN ANTONIO – Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have found that limiting social media to about 30 minutes a day can lead to a significant improvement in personal well-being.

A group of 143 undergraduate students were assigned two groups and their social media habits were studied for three weeks.

The first group was limited to Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat for 10 minutes per day, per social platform.

The other group was allowed to use social media as usual.

Although the study strongly suggested limited use led to a significant improvement in well-being, researchers found that students who were using social media at the test showed improvements from self-monitoring.

The students who participated in the study were all enrolled in psychology courses and could win credit credits for their participation.

Participants were required to have Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat accounts and own an iPhone.

For full details of the study, click here.

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