How Much Time Should You Spend on Social Networks for Good Mental Health

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It's no secret that browsing innumerable images, announcements of holidays, vacations, new babies, and work-ups can make you feel like you're not achieving anything.

But it's almost impossible for you to simply switch off forever and never return again.

But this is the good news: there may be a certain amount of time you can spend on social networks without any adverse effects.

According to research published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology , spending only 30 minutes a day on social networks can lead to better mental health.

After experimenting with 143 students, where researchers had tracked the amount of time they spend on social networks - such as Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat - they were eventually assessed for mental health based on seven different factors: social support, fear of being left behind, loneliness, self-acceptance, self-esteem, anxiety and depression.

After that, the authors shared the students into two groups and continued the experiment for three weeks. One group was asked to use social networks as usual; the other group was limited to spend on social networks in just 10 minutes for each social networking platform (ie 30 minutes a day).

After that, the researchers analyzed how the students had changed in the previous seven categories.

As scientists point out, when the students of this study had limited the time spent on social networks in just 30 minutes a day, they had had a significant improvement in their well-being, followed by the reduction of feelings of loneliness and depression.

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