- Increased social media use, independent of personality attributes, may cause sadness.
- An elevated chance of getting depression within six months was linked to high neuroticism.
- A higher incidence of depression during that time period was linked to low agreeableness.
- All personality types, particularly those with high neuroticism and low agreeableness, should be encouraged through interventions to use social media less often.
According to the WHO, depression affects one in every 20 persons and is the primary cause of disability worldwide.
Chronic emotions of melancholy are brought on by this common but severe mood illness, for which there is no recognized treatment. It can disrupt sleep, everyday activities, and thought.
Depression, personality, and social media
According to research, depression and other mood disorders often start in early adulthood.
The likelihood of getting worse symptoms with SMU was higher among young adults who reported having “limited depressive symptoms.”
Throughout society, addiction may be found in a variety of forms that raise the chance of experiencing a range of health issues. Similar to problematic addiction, SMU-related depression falls into this category. This is because the same neuro-effects that cause reactive behavior also affect the brain’s reward regions.
Additionally, social media platforms’ reinforcement on both the good and bad sides encourages users to use their devices more frequently.
Connections between neuroticism and agreeableness
High agreeableness was associated with a 49% lower risk of depression than low agreeableness.
But those with high levels of neuroticism were more than twice as likely to experience depression as those with low levels of neuroticism.
Increased social media use was substantially linked to the emergence of depression for each personality trait. Interaction terms demonstrated that none of the personality traits affected the connections between using social media and being depressed.