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Study: Correlation between Social Media Use and Internalizing Symptoms

A study by L. Fassi et al titled “Social Media Use and Internalizing Symptoms in Clinical and Community Adolescent Samples” published on 24 June 2024 has found a positive correlation between social media use and internalizing symptoms.

Internalizing symptoms include depression, anxiety and loneliness. This is hardly surprising but it is interesting to have hard data backing up commonsense.

The systematic review included “1,094,890 adolescents and 886 effect sizes, 11% of which examined clinical samples”.

From the abstract:

In these samples, a positive and significant meta-correlation was found between social media use and internalizing symptoms, both for time spent (n = 2893; r, 0.08; 95% CI, 0.01 to 0.15; P = .03; I2, 57.83) and user engagement (n = 859; r, 0.12; 95% CI, 0.09 to 0.15; P = .002; I2, 82.67). These associations mirrored those in community samples.

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