Most Viewed Content:

OpenAI Launched Assistants API, Allowing Developers to Customize AI Assistants with One Click

At today's OpenAI's first developer conference, OpenAI launched the...

India’s censorship body gave power to remove pirated Movies from platforms

India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting announced that its...

Google to bring PWA application backup & restore function for Chrome/android

According to thespAndroid reports, GitHub's Chromium repository recently added...

Research Report: replacing social media with physical activity boost mental health

If you spent 30 minutes less a day on social media and more time exercising, your mental health would be greatly improved. This was recently demonstrated in a study conducted by a team from the Centre for Mental Health Research and Therapy at Ruhr University Bochum, led by assistant professor Dr Julia Blalovskaya.

After following this advice for a fortnight, the participants felt happier, more satisfied, less stressed about the COVID-19 pandemic and less depressed than those in the control group. These results persisted even six months after the study ended. The scientists recently published their findings in the Journal of Public Health.

Social media platforms such as Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp ensure that we still feel connected to other individuals during the blockades and restrictions on connection brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. They diverted us from the pandemic-related stress that many experienced, which led to feelings of anxiety, insecurity and hopelessness.

However, using social media also has its downsides. Heavy use can lead to addictive behaviour, which can manifest itself in, for example, a strong emotional connection to social media. Conspiracy theories and fake news may also spread unchecked on social media, increasing anxiety.

“Given that we are not sure how long the coronavirus crisis will last, we wanted to know how to protect people’s mental health with services that are as free and low-threshold as possible,” explains Julia Blalovskaya. To find out whether the type and timing of social media use could help with this, she conducted an experimental study as part of her fellowship at the Centre for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS).

An experiment lasting two weeks

Julia and her colleagues recruited 642 participants and randomly assigned them to four groups of about the same size. The first group reduced their daily social media use by 30 minutes during the two-week intervention period. The second group increased their daily physical activity by 30 minutes while continuing to use social media as normal, as previous research has shown that physical activity may improve mood and reduce depressive symptoms. The third group increased their physical activity while also decreasing their social media use. The control group’s behaviour remained the same during the intervention period.

Before, during and for six months after the two-week intervention phase, participants answered online surveys about the duration, intensity and emotional significance of their social media use, physical activity, satisfaction with life, their subjective well-being, depressive symptoms, the psychological burden of the COVID-19 pandemic and their cigarette consumption.

Health and happiness in the digital age

The findings clearly show that reducing the amount of time spent on social media each day and increasing physical activity both have a positive impact on people’s well-being. And, in particular, the combination of these two interventions increased people’s satisfaction with their lives and subjective well-being, and reduced depressive symptoms.

This effect persisted over a long period of time: even six months after the end of the two-week intervention phase, participants in all three intervention groups spent less time on social media than before: i.e. about half an hour in the group that reduced their social media time or increased their exercise routine, and about three-quarters of an hour in the group that combined the two interventions.

Six months after the intervention was implemented, the combined group had one hour and 39 minutes more physical activity per week than before the experiment. The positive impact on mental health continued throughout the follow-up period.

“This shows us how important it is to reduce our availability online from time to time and go back to our human roots,” concludes Julia Blalovskaya.” These measures can easily be implemented into one’s daily life and are completely free – at the same time, they help us to stay happy and healthy in the digital age.”

Latest

OnePlus and OPPO to Introduce Google Gemini Model: News Summary, AI Toolbox and More

At Google’s recent Cloud Next keynote speech, it announced...

Aito’s new M5 real car exposed: Closed front face, blackened Logo

The new generation Aito M5 model will be unveiled...

New Vivo phones including iQOO Neo 9s Pro pass 3C Certification

A number of new Vivo models have appeared at...

Report: 25% of Samsung Galaxy S24 Users Bought Phone for Galaxy AI Features

Samsung’s Galaxy AI marketing can basically be considered a...

Newsletter

Don't miss

OnePlus and OPPO to Introduce Google Gemini Model: News Summary, AI Toolbox and More

At Google’s recent Cloud Next keynote speech, it announced...

Aito’s new M5 real car exposed: Closed front face, blackened Logo

The new generation Aito M5 model will be unveiled...

New Vivo phones including iQOO Neo 9s Pro pass 3C Certification

A number of new Vivo models have appeared at...

Report: 25% of Samsung Galaxy S24 Users Bought Phone for Galaxy AI Features

Samsung’s Galaxy AI marketing can basically be considered a...

Apple Pencil Stylus patent approved, supports iPhone interaction, no charging needed

According to a list recently published by the United...
Threza Gabriel
Threza Gabrielhttps://www.techgoing.com
Threza Gabriel is a news writer at TechGoing. TechGoing is a global tech media to brings you the latest technology stories, including smartphones, electric vehicles, smart home devices, gaming, wearable gadgets, and all tech trending.

BYD Denza New Vehicle Official Spy Photos Released: Boasting Simple and Streamlined Design

BYD recently tested a new model in Stuttgart, Germany, and is expected to go on sale by the end of this year. During road...

Chery’s first MPV will debut at the Beijing Auto Show, positioned as a flagship

Recently, we learned from relevant channels that Chery Motors will bring a blockbuster model to the Beijing Auto Show, which is its first MPV...

Mercedes-Benz sold 568,400 vehicles globally in the Q1 this year

After BMW, another player in the "Double B" - Mercedes-Benz also announced its delivery status in the first quarter of this year: a total...