Use of multiple social media platforms and symptoms of depression and anxiety: A nationally-representative study among U.S. young adults

10 Dec 2016Brian A. Primacka, Ariel Shensaa, César G. Escobar-Viera, Erica L. Barretta, Jaime E. Sidania, Jason B. Colditza, A. Everette James

Use of multiple social media platforms is independently associated with symptoms of depression and anxiety, even when controlling for overall time spent on social media. These associations are strong enough that it may be valuable for clinicians to ask individuals with depression and anxiety about multiple platform use and to counsel regarding this potential contributing factor.

Case-control study
2 effects
1787 subjects

Reported Outcomes

DeterminantsOutcomeDetails

Excess use of digital technology  Selfcare risk & protective factor
Strong Risk Factor Excess use of digital ...
Selfcare

Depression Brain outcome
Strong increased risk of Depression
Brain system

High evidence
200.0%

Excess use of digital technology  Selfcare risk & protective factor
Strong Risk Factor Excess use of digital ...
Selfcare

Anxiety Brain outcome
Strong increased risk of Anxiety
Brain system

High evidence
220.0%