Abstaining From Social Media Doesn’t Improve Well-Being, Experimental Study Finds

If a recent 8 year long longitudinal study showed that there is no link between wellbeing and social media use, this is a logic consequence.

Research Digest

GettyImages-854446588.jpgBy Matthew Warren

From digital detoxes to the recent Silicon Valley fad of “dopamine fasting”, it seems more fashionable than ever to attempt to abstain from consuming digital media. Underlying all of these trends is the assumption that using digital devices — and being on social media in particular — is somehow unhealthy, and that if we abstain, we might become happier, more fulfilled people.

But is there any truth to this belief? When it comes to social media, at least, a new paper in Media Psychology suggests not.  In one of the few experimental studies in the field, researchers have found that quitting social media for up to four weeks does nothing to improve our well-being or quality of life.

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