Thursday 17 August 2017

One in five people say using social media makes them feel 'depressed' - report

One in five people say using social media makes them feel depressed
One in five people say using social media makes them feel depressed

Cristina Criddle

One in five people say using social media makes them depressed, a new report has found.

A survey by Privilege Home Insurance revealed that 6.9 million adults in the UK feel depressed looking at their friends' lives online as they compared their own lives to posts.

More than half of users also felt pressured to use social media, and 56pc said they felt pushed to post and share interesting content as well as engage with other profiles.

The survey also revealed that 18pc of users will only post a photo if they think they look attractive in it, with 7pc only posting a photo of themselves if it has been edited or uses a filter.

Engagement was also seen to be a qualifier of status - 10pc of users said they were embarrassed if a post didn't receive any likes, favourites, retweets or comments and 8pc had removed posts with no interaction, a statistic that doubles in 18 to 34-year-olds.

In this age group, 8pc said they were disciplined or sacked from work for inappropriate posts; 23pc argued with users on social media; and 17pc left drunken comments that they later regretted.

The survey also found 36pc of users felt obliged to like their friend's posts and a quarter of users wished a friend a "Happy Birthday" on social media.

Herald

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