Dr. Pankaj Naram Reviews Recent Study Linking Mental Health to Social Media Abstinence
Taking a break from social sites in the New Year may be a great choice for improving mental health according to a recent study.
The New Year is a time to start making changes and choices that will improve an individual’s overall health and wellbeing. Master healer and lifestyle expert Dr. Pankaj Naram knows that there are many ways to start making healthier decisions for 2017, and that these healthy changes don’t end with a new workout regimen or a diet. In fact, choices for bodily health are not the only important choices to make this year. Mental and emotional health are just as important as physical health. To help individuals with their mental and emotional wellbeing this year, Dr. Pankaj Naram would like to promote a new study that has revealed how making decisions about technology use can be a saving grace for mental health.
A recent study entitled The Facebook Experiment: Quitting Facebook Leads to Higher Levels of Well Being, sought to find out what kinds of negative effects frequent social network use may have on an individuals. Since Facebook is the largest of the social networks, the research’s first turned their eyes on this site, and studied how individuals were impacted when they abstained from Facebook use. The study was conducted in Denmark with nearly 1,100 participants. Each of the participants was given a questionnaire and then asked to either continue their usual Facebook use for a week or give up the social media network for the seven days.
After the week had passed the participants received a follow up questionnaire. They were questioned about their emotions and life satisfaction during the course of the study. The questionnaires were also used to find out how these individuals used Facebook. They were asked if they used the site frequently or infrequently, whether or not they were social online, and whether they posted their own content or simply scrolled through to see what others had posted.
When analyzing the results of the questionnaires after the end of the study, the researchers had some surprising findings. They discovered that those who were asked to quit Facebook for a week showed a higher level of overall life satisfaction. The same was true for emotional wellbeing, with those who had quit Facebook for a week showing more positive results. There was also evidence that those who participated in medium or heavy use of Facebook regularly saw more significant changes than those who rarely used the social network before the experiment. The effect of quitting Facebook was also more beneficial to those who use the social site passively than for those who use it to interact with others.
According to Dr. Pankaj Naram, this is a very important study to consider. It can be a great motivator for individuals to limit their use of social networks, or at least an encouragement to be more active when online instead of passively scrolling through. Making good choices about these online social interactions may help individuals lead more emotionally satisfying lives, and can help mental and emotional health. Limiting social media use may be one of the best New Year’s resolution choices for 2017. To learn more from Dr. Pankaj Naram about the best health choices for the New Year or for information on more recent health studies visit http://drpankajnaram.net/