Previous research says that social media is harmful to mental health. A new study, however, argues that social media can actually improve mental health in adults. 

Researchers from Michigan State University analyzed data from over 13,000 adult participants in a household survey. This survey included questions about the use of communication devices and psychological distress.

The team found that social media users were 63% less likely to experience psychological distress, including harmful mental illnesses like depression and anxiety. Furthermore, having many family members on social media reduced one’s likelihood of experiencing psychological distress even further. 

This study challenges the common belief that social media is bad for mental health. Researchers say that past studies have focused on youth and college-aged individuals, as opposed to adults who can benefit from social media use instead. 


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Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett is the Content Development Manager at Thriveworks. She devotes herself to distributing important information about mental health and wellbeing, writing mental health news and self-improvement tips daily. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism, with minors in professional writing and leadership from Virginia Tech. She is a co-author of Leaving Depression Behind: An Interactive, Choose Your Path Book and has published content on Thought Catalog, Odyssey, and The Traveling Parent.

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