PITTSBURGH, March 6, 2017 – The more time a young
adult uses social media, the more likely they are to feel socially
isolated, according to a national analysis. In addition to the time
spent online, the scientists found that frequency of use was associated
with increased social isolation.
The finding, published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
suggests that use of social media does not present a panacea to help
reduce perceived social isolation—when a person lacks a sense of social
belonging, true engagement with others and fulfilling relationships. In
the past, social isolation has been independently associated with an
increased risk for mortality.