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Study: Social media overuse leads to social isolation

Study: Social media overuse leads to social isolation (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - It's easy to spend a lot of time these days on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Snapchat, but how much social media use is too much?

A recent study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine looked at whether heavy social media use could be tied to feelings of isolation.

The study found that those who spend a lot of time on Facebook, Twitter, phones and computers may be a problem for those who already struggle with what's commonly referred to as “social anxiety.”

In other words, according to one Cleveland Clinic psychologist, those who are sort of introverts may use social media instead of getting out to interact with real people.

But rather than helping those people feel more connected, social media made them feel more isolated.

The study looked at 1,700 people between the ages of 19 and 32.

Researchers found that those who spent the most time on social media had the highest likelihood of feeling socially isolated.

Researchers also found that even people who were not introverts to begin with tended to back off of social contact when they spent more time using social media.

An alarm every few hours can remind you to take a break and talk to real people.

It's also not great for your waistline to not move and just sit, so there are more than a few reasons to get up and walk away for a while.

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