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(YNET NEWS) — A forthcoming study co-authored by a Tel Aviv University researcher appears to confirm widespread fears about the negative impact of Facebook, the world’s biggest social media platform, on its users’ mental health and self-image.
The study on “Social Media and Mental Health,” led by Dr. Roee Levy of the Berglas School of Economics at Tel Aviv University together with colleagues Prof. Alexey Makarin and Prof. Luca Braghieri, zeroed in on the mental health trends of U.S. college students, the network’s original target demographic, during the first two-and-a-half years of its operation (2004-2006).
A detailed examination of data showed a correlation between a “statistically significant worsening in mental health symptoms, especially depression and anxiety” and the rapid introduction of the social media network.