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Benefits of Digital Detox

Research claims – just a week’s break from social media is effective in reducing symptoms of depression, anxiety

Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Reddit, LinkedIn… Today most of the people in the world are definitely using some of these social media apps. Due to this, they are becoming victims of mental diseases like stress, anxiety and depression. To avoid these diseases, health experts are exploring the concept of digital detox.

Recently, researchers from the University of Bath, England, have told in a research that just a week’s break from social media can improve your mental health. That is, if you are struggling with the symptoms of depression and anxiety, then they can be reduced in just a week.

What is Digital Detox?

To keep yourself away from the entanglement of technology, going on a digital holiday for some time is called ‘Digital Detox’.
According to experts, just as people get addicted to alcohol and cigarettes, they also get used to living in the virtual world. They can’t get out of it even if they want to. In such a situation, going on a digital holiday for some time to keep yourself away from the entanglement of technology is called ‘Digital Detox’.

The results of the research found that the health of the group taking a week’s break increased from 46 to 55.93 on the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale. Researchers included 154 people aged 18 to 72 years in this research. They were divided into two groups. While the first group was banned from social media, the second group continued to use social media as usual. Participants spent an average of 8 hours a week playing social media apps.

After a week of research, 3 tests were taken of the participants. These included questions related to depression and anxiety. The results found that the health of the group taking a week’s break increased from 46 to 55.93 on the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale. At the same time, their depression level came down from 7.46 to 4.84 on Patient Health Questionnaire-8. On this scale, the anxiety ranged from 6.92 to 5.94.

Even a short break from social media is helpful

In the UK, 97% of people aged 16 to 44 use social media apps. Researcher Jeff Lambert says that in just one week, the mood of the people in the first group improved and the symptoms of anxiety were reduced. This means that even small breaks from social media can have a positive effect on mental health.

According to the Daily Mail report, the number of social media users in the UK has increased from 45% in 2011 to 71% in 2021. Also, 97% of people aged 16 to 44 use social media apps. The most common activity of users is to ‘scroll’ content on apps. Some similar studies have already been done in the US and UK.

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