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

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