Social Media and Mental Illness: Research Finding a Link

September 25, 2020 ·

A competition is going on for the executive functions of the brain of teenagers. The competition is between anxiety and social media, each vying for a piece of the valuable real estate. For teenagers to win out, they need to undertake radical management of social media, to try to manage it in the battle for mindshare. Research Begins to Link Social Media Use and Mental Illness Research is starting to show a relationship between onset of anxiety and depression issues for many teenagers and use of social media. One phrase used is a “culture of comparison” One study out of the University of Pittsburgh found a correlation between time spent scrolling through social media apps and negative body image feedback. This was according to an account in Psycom. Those who had spent more time on social media had 2.2 times the risk of reporting eating and body image concerns, compared to their peers who spent less time on social media. Read more.