Social Media versus In-Person Support against Depression, Anxiety, and Social Isolation

Studies have demonstrated that social support can protect against poor mental health. However, the investigators in this study found that problematic social media use was significantly associated with decreased real-life social support and increased social support on social media. Real-life social support was associated with reduced depression, anxiety, and social isolation, while social support on social media was not associated with these mental health measures. This re-emphasizes the importance of in-person social support.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0306460321001349

You will find a lot more information on the topic in Jonathan Haverkampf’s books and articles on this website.

You may also find the following links helpful:

How Social Support Can Help with Depression https://psychcentral.com/lib/social-support-is-critical-for-depression-recovery/

Understanding the Effects of Social Isolation on Mental Health https://publichealth.tulane.edu/blog/effects-of-social-isolation-on-mental-health/

Depression Isolation: What To Do When a Loved one Becomes Socially Withdrawn https://www.bridgestorecovery.com/blog/depression-isolation-what-to-do-when-a-loved-one-becomes-socially-withdrawn/

Loneliness and Social Isolation Linked to Serious Health Conditions https://www.cdc.gov/aging/publications/features/lonely-older-adults.html

The use of social media has been a controversial topic, but we know that it can even worsen the sense of loneliness and disconnectedness in many people. You may want to have a look at the following article:

Problematic social media use and social support received in real-life versus on social media: Associations with depression, anxiety and social isolation https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33934007/

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