Unsettling experiences on social media may leave you feeling more than just anti-social — they might raise your risk for depression, new research suggests.
Curiously, the reverse doesn’t seem to be true. The survey of nearly 1,200 college students indicated that a positive online exchange only marginally reduced depression risk.
“We were not surprised that having negative experiences was related to depression,” said study lead author Dr. Brian Primack, who directs the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health. “This is something that we hear from people a lot in their subjective experience.