Taking a One-Week Break from Social Media Improves Well-Being, Depression, and Anxiety
The researchers gathered 154 volunteers with a mean age of 29.6 years old. They randomly divided them into an intervention group, which was asked to stop using social media for one week (with a focus, in particular, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok), and a control group which was given no instructions.
At the end of this week, the researchers found “significant between-group differences” in well-being, depression, and anxiety, with the intervention group performing much better on all three metrics.
The researchers further found that they could obtain smaller, but still significant improvements in depression and anxiety by having users simply reduce the time they spend on Twitter and TikTok. The biggest effects, however, came from full abstention.