The secret to happiness is disconnecting from social networks

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People who take a break from networking have significant improvements in well-being, depression, and anxiety.

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A week disconnected from social networks is enough to notice positive effects on mental health. This is the result of a study of 154 people between the ages of 18 and 72 who used it. social media every day and it will be published in the May issue of the monthly academic publication cyberpsychologistBehavior and social networks.

study by a team of University of Bath In the UK, which aims to understand the effects of a week-long break from social networking: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tiktok, Participants spent an average of 8 hours a week on social networks, switching between different services.

The researchers measured certain indicators of mental well-being, such as depression and anxiety, and reevaluated them a week after cutting off activity in these networks. There was significant improvement in break-takers Well-being, Depression and Anxiety compared to those who continued to use social media, suggesting a short-term benefit.

The dissection was not complete in all cases, but study group members spent an average of about 21 minutes online during the week, compared to the more than 7 hours reported by the control group. “Social media is so ubiquitous that many of us use it without thinking, from the moment we wake up until we close our eyes at night,” explains Dr. Jeff LambertResponsible for investigation.

However, the team of researchers points out that it is also necessary to study the cause of this effect. “It is possible that social network use is the cause of mental health problems, but also that people who are depressed or have high levels of anxiety use social networks more often,” he tells WebMD.

Now the goal of the investigation team is Study extends longer periods of isolation from social networks And try to better understand the effect in different age groups.

According to a study by, around 41 million people in Spain use social networks, with WhatsApp and Facebook leading Hootsuite and agency we are social, This figure represents an increase of 3.3 million compared to the figures for 2021, about 9%. In addition, Spanish users spend an average of 1 hour 53 minutes per day on these platforms.

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