While social media like Facebook and Instagram blurs the difference between reality and fantasy, how young women interact with online images can affect the way they feel about their own bodies, say researchers.
'In our study, passive following on Facebook was common among participants, ' said Dr. Hussein. The second group spent on each of the social networks is not more than 10 minutes a day.
Limiting the use of social media per day leads to reductions in loneliness and depression, a study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania shows.
A similar study by the University of Derby, co-authored by Dr Zaheer Hussain a senior lecturer in psychology, said "life satisfaction" can be impacted by a wide range of social networking-related experiences - such as social comparison and FoMO.
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'This can be particularly true for those who only use Facebook for professional purposes, wanting to have their work displayed to as many as people as possible, including those they might not wish to be friends with'.
"When you're not busy getting sucked into clickbait social media, you're actually spending more time on things that are more likely to make you feel better about your life". The volunteers also shared more screenshots of their iPhone battery screens.
The group that cut back their social media time had significant decreases in loneness and depression, compared with the group that used social media as usual. After three weeks, they were tested again for outcomes such as fear of missing out, anxiety, depression and loneliness. A new and exciting way to stay in touch with our loved ones and check out all the gossip going on in our social circles.
"When you look at other people's lives, particularly on Instagram, it's easy to conclude that everyone else's life is cooler or better than yours", she explained.
"Using social media less can't hurt", Young said.
The 30-minute limit was chosen as a conveniently measurable one, but the team does not intend to say that it is by any means the "correct" amount.