Man is inherently a social creature, but researchers at the University of Pittsburgh tell us social media is causing changes. The lead author of the study, Brian Primack says their results reveal that just two hours of social media use each day can double the feelings of isolation for young adults.
“It's just a very, very rapid change,” Primack says, “because we basically went from zero social media users about 20 years ago, to two billion social media users today.”
Rising rates of depression and suicide among the young make the findings significant, though Primack isn't suggesting we quit using Snapchat, Twitter or Vine.
There’s another way to look at the facts. “It may very well be,” he says, “that people who are socially isolated are flocking to social media.”