Avoiding social media boosts immunity and reduces depression
Scientists told how the time spent on the Internet affects our health.
Scientists from the British University of Swansea have found that reducing the time spent on social networks can positively affect overall health, immunity and sleep quality. According to the results of the study, published in the Journal of Technology in Behavior Science such people also have reduced symptoms of depression and loneliness.
The study involved 50 students (33 women and 17 men) aged 20 to 25 who filled out health questionnaires for three months and reported weekly on their time spent on social media.
Volunteers were randomly divided into three groups. The first group was asked to reduce the time spent on social networks by 15 minutes a day, the second to leave everything as it is, and the third – not only to reduce the time by 15 minutes, but also to do something else during this time.
According to the study, participants in the groups who reduced their time spent on social media improved their immunity by 15%. Students became less likely to get sick with the flu and colds, and the development of papillomas also decreased. In addition, the quality of sleep in the first group improved by 50%, and the symptoms of depression alleviated by 30%. Those who tried to reduce their social media activity by 15 minutes a day actually reduced that time by an average of 40 minutes, which helped them become less addicted to social media.
The second group of participants increased their time spent on social networks by 10 minutes, while the third group, engaged in other activities, spent an average of 25 minutes more online.