Similarly, compared to peers who spent less time on social media, participants who spent the most total time on social media throughout the day had 1.7 times the risk of depression.
This depression is a result of highly idealized representations of peers on social media inflicting feelings of envy and the distorted belief that others lead happier, more successful lives.
Spending more time on social media may increase the risk of exposure to cyber-bullying or other similar negative interactions, which can cause feelings of depression.
In addition, social media may give a feeling of “time wasted” that negatively influences mood.
Social media can be a great benefit to one’s life, until it is abused.