The study focused on Facebook, but other research suggests sites like Instagram are also culprits when it comes to inciting stress and poor health. Earlier this year, a study found Instagram was associated with high levels of anxiety, depression, bullying, and FOMO, or “the fear of missing out.” One survey respondent wrote: “Instagram easily makes girls and women feel as if their bodies aren’t good enough as people add filters and edit their pictures in order for them to look ‘perfect.’”
Social media use isn’t bad, but this survey and others like it make us question why we use such sites in the first place, and what benefit we get from them.
Source: Campisi J, May J, Burch K et al. Anxiety-inducing Facebook behavior is associated with higher rates of upper respiratory infection in college-aged users. Computers in Human Behavior. 2017.