Though studies have long suggested that social media inspires anything but social behaviour, (think: FOMO feels, depression, feelings of worthlessness and anxiety) a new study from the University of Pittsburgh revealed that your social feeds can also make you feel lonely and isolated.
The study surveyed the habits of 1787 adults between age 19 to 32 who regularly use the 11 most popular social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn and YouTube more than two hours a day were likely to experience feelings of loneliness and isolation - regardless of other social and demographic variables between subjects.
The lead scientist behind the study, Professor Brian Primack, explained to Dazed & Confused, "As humans, we are very social creatures. Our biology has evolved over time to need true social interaction - things like eye contact, touch and verbal discussion."
However, Primack doesn't suggest abstaining from your favourite socials entirely, just to be more mindful of how you are using them. "Hopefully the knowledge that there can be emotional risks associated with its use may help individuals to make better choices about the extent to which they use social media and the way in which they use it."