American sociologists from the National Institute of Mental Health argue that good events on social networks do not outweigh the negative comments. With each “dyslikom” risk depressed will increase despite the number of “likes” received.
The study involved almost 1.2 thousand students aged 18 to 30 years. They were asked to assess the percentage of negative and positive communication in social networks, as well as to pass tests for depression. Scientists, moreover, were interested in how often last week the project participants felt depressed, helpless, useless, and so on.
It turned out that negative comments significantly increase the risk of developing depression in people. The increase in the volume of negative comments by only 10% causes an increase in the probability of developing a depressive state by 20%.
What is the most annoying – positive feedback, positive pictures, “likes” do not improve the user’s mood and do not reduce the risk of developing mental disorder.
Experts urge people to “disconnect” from social networks as often as possible in order not to allow them to enter themselves into a state of depression. According to them, even the publication of other people’s photos of a successful happy life can lead to this, as people are used to comparing themselves with others. And often, the comparison of the demo “photo-shocked” picture is not in their favor.