Many college aged students use social media on a regular basis (1).

A study published in January 2022, looked at positive and negative impact of social media and mental health (2).

What was the study?

  • A cross-national online survey was conducted in Norway, UK, USA and Australia. Participants (n= 3,474) reported extent of and motives for social media use and completed the 12-item General Health Questionnaire.
  • The participants were of various age groups.

What were the results?

Across the 4 countries:

  • Poorer mental healthwas associated with using social media to decrease loneliness and for entertainment motives.
  • Better mental healthwas associated with using social media for personal contact and maintaining relationships.
  • Overall increased daily time on social media was associated with poorer mental health.

Additional thoughts:

  • This is just one study and further research is needed.
  • This study was cross sectional in design, and discusses association, not causation.
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By R. Ryan S Patel DO, FAPA OSU-CCS Psychiatrist

Disclaimer: This article is intended to be informative only. It is advised that you check with your own physician/mental health provider before implementing any changes. With this article, the author is not rendering medical advice, nor diagnosing, prescribing, or treating any condition, or injury; and therefore claims no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss, or injury caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the material presented.


  2. Thygesen H, Bonsaksen T, Schoultz M, Ruffolo M, Leung J, Price D and Geirdal AØ (2022) Social Media Use and Its Associations With Mental Health 9 Months After the COVID-19 Outbreak: A Cross-National Study. Public Health9:752004. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2021.752004

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Posted by R. Ryan Patel DO, FAPA OSU CCS Psychiatrist at 3:45pmPosted in Technology use and mental health Tagged social media anxietysocial media depressionsocial media happinesssocial media mental health

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