Loizidou, M. YoungMinds. Published online: 7th April 2016

Image source: Mister G.C. // CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Twenty per cent of people say using social media leaves them feeling depressed, according to a new study.

In the survey of over 2,000 people in Britain 20% admitted to feeling depressed after using social media, proportionally that equals almost seven million people across Great Britain.

The survey also found that 1 in 10 people feel embarrassed if their posts get no responses, such as likes, comments or retweets. Further to this almost a third of people said they feel the need to upload appealing content, while 21% of users feel compelled to constantly update their profile picture.

Additionally, the research touched upon social pressures online, revealing that more than 1 in 3 people feel under pressure to ‘like’ content posted by their friends, while more than 1 in 10 people feel an obligation to follow back users on Twitter.

In the age group of 18 to 34 years old, 1 in 5 users have quarrelled with others online and 1 in 6 users will remove posts that do not receive any responses such as likes, comments or retweets.

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