Depression and Social Media

  • Just a couple of notes. First, I wanted to let you know that we're assembling some of the responses we received a few weeks ago when I asked why some people pay attention to their finances and others tend to ignore them. The responses were enlightening. We'll be publishing a two part article with the responses shortly. Thanks again for all who responded.


    Next, recently I saw an article discussing a study from Blue Cross Blue Shield. The article was titled: "Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Study Shows Surge in Major Depression Diagnoses"


    It supported a suspicion that many of us have. That overuse of social media and video games isn't healthy.


    The study stated:
    "It is possible that the increased rates of depression in adolescents are related to a combination of increased electronics use and sleep disruptions in already vulnerable individuals,? said Dr. Karyn Horowitz, a psychiatrist affiliated with Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital in Rhode Island. ?Increased use of electronics, video games more commonly in boys and social media/texting more commonly in girls, can lead to increased conflict both within the home and with peers.

    "In preliminary literature, high users of social media have been linked with higher rates of social isolation than low users," Haywood added. "It is important to further explore this relationship."


    I don't know how much is too much social media. (It's a bit off-subject for a financial publisher.) The answer is probably different for each person. But if you find yourself feeling out of sorts lately you might want to consider how much time you're spending interacting with your phone, tablet, etc.


    Finally, a belated 'thank you' to those who'll never hear it - those who gave their lives in defense of the liberties that we enjoy. Last weekend included Memorial Day. If you took a few minutes to think about what it takes to keep a free society good for you. If not, you can still take a few minutes today.


    Keep on Stretching those Dollars!

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