Scientists have revealed in a new study that reduce the use of social media by just 15 minutes per day can significantly improve mental and physical health.
The study, published recently in the Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science, found The effects of physical health and psychological functioning on people in one group were assessed after reducing social media use to 15 minutes per day for three months.
Researchers from Swansea University in the UK compared the results to groups who were asked to do something other than social media or reduce their use during these 15 minutes.
Fifty participants (33 women and 17 men) between the ages of 20 and 25 answered monthly questions about their health and psychological issues and they also provided the researchers with weekly reports on their use of social media.
The results showed that the group who were asked to reduce their social media use was less prone to colds, colds, flu, acne, and acne, and a 50% improvement in their sleep quality, and a 30% reduction in depressive symptoms.
The researchers said that this physical improvement was significantly greater than the other two groups.
Scientists said that people who were asked to reduce their use of social media stayed away from it for about 40 minutes instead of the required time of 15 minutes per day while the group that was asked not to make any changes saw a 10-minute increase in social media uses daily. The scientists said to a group of people used social media 15 minutes more than another group in a day.
Study co-author Phil Reid, from Swansea University, said: “These data show that when people use social media less, their lives can be improved in many ways which include benefits for their physical health and psychological well-being.
However, scientists say it is yet to be confirmed whether there is a direct link between social media use and health factors, or whether it is simply a change in factors such as depression or changes in physical activity.
Dr. Reid added: “The group that was asked to reduce social media use and do something different did not show these benefits which suggest that the campaign to make people healthy may not work until they are told how to use their time.
“They can feel bad about it,” he said. Tell them the facts and let them deal with themselves to reduce the use of social media rather than asking them to do something more useful because it may not work.