Frequent social media use can lead to sleep issues. If you are one of those persons who cannot got to bed without checking every single account of Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, WeHeartIt or Pinterest on your phone, then you might reconsider this bad habit.
A research done by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine revealed that the people who use social media frequently have more trouble sleeping than their counterparts who don’t have the same bad habits. If you are a physician, then the next time a person comes to you in need of help because of sleeping disorders, then you should ask that person about their social media habits.
Jessica C. Levenson who was the lead author of the study said that this study proves another bad effect of the social media on the quality of human life. The study focused on the more younger generations, who are much more likely to be affected by social media than the older ones. The team of researchers gathered information from more than 1,700 adults in the United States with ages between 19 and 32.
They used questionnaires in order to see if there is any connection between the sleeping issues and the social media use. In the questionnaires, 11 of the most used media platforms in the world were included and these were Vine, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Google Plus, Tumblr, Reddit and LinkedIn. On an average, the study participants revealed that they spend 61 minutes every day on social media and they do it at least 30 times per week. From the study participants 30% of them had trouble sleeping. The people who checked the social media platforms the most frequently were three times more likely to have sleep issues than those who checked the platforms more rarely. Also, the people who spent most of their time on social media during the day were twice as likely to suffer from sleep disorders than those who dedicated less time to the social media.
The conclusion reached by Dr. Levenson and her team is that the frequency of the visits on social media is more harmful than the overall time spent on either of these platforms. As frequent social media use can lead to sleep issues, she said that the people who have problems with their sleep should try to decrease the number of times they check their social media accounts. This study will be published in Preventive Medicine journal.
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