A small Polish study published in European Psychiatry has linked depression to a greater vulnerability of becoming dependent or “addicted” to social media — specifically Facebook. Researchers at John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin utilized mental health tests and other questionnaires to examine associations between social media use, Internet use, and depression.
The study team found that the amount of time spent on the Internet daily was positively associated with levels of Facebook intrusion, and that Facebook intrusion was linked with higher depression scores. But time spent on the Internet every day was not linked to depression.”
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