Taking a break from social media benefit mental health, study says

NEWS DIGEST – A new study published in medical news today suggests that taking some time of social media can provide a refreshing break and benefit mental health.

The study shows negative health consequences associated with the use of social media by many people who continually checks their phones and other devices for notifications and spend time scrolling through social media.

A social media break or social media detox is a period during which a person stops using social media to varying degrees, and the individual defines how long the break will last.

The researcher who has compared people that took a break from social media to those who continue their use of social media found that people who took a break a week-long break from social media experienced better mental health outcomes.

“Many of our participants reported positive effects from being off social media with improved mood and less anxiety overall.

“However,  multiple studies have found a strong link between heavy social media and an increased risk for depression, anxiety, loneliness, self-harm, and even suicidal thoughts.

“If a person thinks that they may have a social media addiction, they should consider speaking with a healthcare professional”, Lead researcher, Dr. Jeff Lambert said.