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Social Media Gone Bad Can Be a Downer

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— September 15, 2018

Social Media Gone Bad Can Be a Downer

  • Sharing negative experiences via social media appear to affect users more deeply than sharing good times.
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Beware of destructive exchanges on Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms: Negative experiences appear to affect users more deeply than sharing good times via social media. A study team at the University of Pittsburgh surveyed nearly 1,179 full-time college students about their social media interactions. The students were also assessed for signs of depression. Each 10% increase in negative experiences was linked to a 20% rise in the chances of having depressive symptoms. However, increases in positive interactions didn’t appear to have much of an effect, according to study results in the journal Depression & Anxiety.

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