Why social media is making us more lonely
We get it – you’re probs more likely to give up dark chocolate than deactivate your Snapchat account, but a little break might do you good. According to research from the University of Pittsburgh, people who spend a large chunk of time on social media are more likely to develop depression and have more concerns about their body image.
The professionals point out that since sites such as Instagram and Facebook are usually filled with idealised representations of life, you’re more likely to feel down when you compare those images to your own daily grind.
Plus, another study led by University of Pittsburgh’s Dr Brian Primack has found that the more people are digitally connected, the more socially detached they feel.
But here’s the thing: Amaro-filtered vacays aren’t real life, so fill your feed with stories that make you happy and hit ‘unfollow’ on the ones that don’t. Here are three cute-as-heck Insta accounts to make you smile:
@PUPPIESFORALL Puppies in bed, puppies in washing baskets and puppies in tiny toy cars. This page has all the puppies!
@IDAFROSK Who says you shouldn’t play with your food? Crafty Norwegian Ida Skivenes turns her daily meals into mini works of art – and they’re Just. Too. Sweet.
@WORDSWAG Follow this feed for a daily dose of inspirational quotes from champion athletes, clever Insta users and Dr Seuss.
A version of this story originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of Women’s Fitness.