Study: More Social Connection Online Tied To Increasing Feelings Of Isolation

It might be time to pull yourself back a bit from social media. A new study from the University of Pittsburgh reveals the more time a young adult uses social media, the more likely they are to feel socially isolated. Researchers looked at over 1,700 U.S. adults ages 17 to 32, asking them about their social media use habits. Even when the researchers controlled for a variety of social and demographic factors, participants who used social media more than two hours a day had twice the odds for perceived social isolation than their peers who spent less than half an hour on social media each day. Participants who visited various social media platforms 58 or more times per week had about triple the odds of perceived social isolation than those who visited fewer than nine times per week. Study author Dr. Elizabeth Miller explains, “We do not yet know which came first– the social media use or the perceived social isolation. It’s possible that young adults who initially felt socially isolated turned to social media. […] But even if the social isolation came first, it did not seem to be alleviated by spending time online, even in purportedly social situations.” (EurekaAlert!