Mental health

Does time spent using social media harm our mental health?

Dr Frank Lipman
Dec 19, 2022

What happens when you replace time spent on social media with physical activity?

Study Summary

A new two-week study, including 642 volunteers, found that:

  • Substituting 30 minutes of time usually spent on social media for physical activity led to greater feelings of happiness.
  • This substitution also led to increased feelings of satisfaction as well as less stress and a decrease in depressive symptoms.

The Hearty Take

This study emphasizes the importance of logging off-line regularly and of exercise for mental health. The wonderful part about putting these study results to use, is that substituting time otherwise spent on your phone for time spent being active, may be a free way to enhance mental health. Take this as a reminder to trade sedentary behavior for active behavior and to take a digital break!

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