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Negative social media behaviours may indicate depression

Press Trust of India  |  Houston 

Negative behaviours, such as comparing oneself to others or spending too much time scrolling through or Instagram, may indicate major disorder, a study has found.

The study, published in the Journal of Applied Biobehavioural Research, showed that certain factors were linked with disorder (MDD) in a study of millennials.

In the study of 504 millennials who actively use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, individuals who met the criteria for MDD scored higher on the Addiction scale were more likely to compare themselves to others better off than they were.

They also indicated that they would be more bothered by being tagged in unflattering pictures and were less likely to post pictures of themselves along with other people

"While this study highlights that are associated with major depression, it is important to recognise that can offer many positive benefits, including fostering social support," said Krista Howard, of in the US.

"The key is for individuals to develop an awareness of how they currently use social media and to determine what changes could be made in their to reduce the behaviours associated with psychological distress," Howard said.

"Some changes could include reducing the time spent on social media, unfollowing individuals or groups that cause distress, or limiting online social comparisons," she said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 17:05 IST