Social Media Use Tied to Increase of Depressive Symptoms in Adults

This year has brought an increased awareness about the potential harm that social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok can have on teens’ mental health.

A Facebook whistleblower’s testimony before Congress and leaked internal documents detailed the increased risks for poor self-esteem, disordered eating, and suicidal thoughts in some young people using the apps.

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Now new research suggests that social media use may impact mental health in adults as well. Researchers found that social media platforms, including Facebook, Snapchat, and TikTok, were associated with an increased likelihood of depressive symptoms in adults who didn’t initially report depression.