Social media use linked to developing depression

NEW YORK: Young adults, who use more social media, are significantly more likely to develop depression within six months, regardless of personality type, finds a new study.
The findings, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders Reports, showed that the people with high agreeableness were 49 per cent less likely to become depressed than those with low agreeableness.
“Previous research has linked the development of depression with numerous factors,” said the authors, including Chunhua Cao, an assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of Alabama.
“However, the literature has been lacking in studies that focus on how various personality characteristics may interact with social media use and depression. This new study addressed these important research questions, finding strong and linear associations of depression across all personality traits,” they added….

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