Throughout the study, researchers also collected objective usage data automatically tracked by iPhones for active apps, not those running the background. Researchers have now studied that there is a way that you can use Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to actually make your life better.
Her findings will appear in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.
A new study done by the researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that limiting the time of social media use to 30 minutes per day could lead to a significant improvement in the well being of people.
"Our study can not speak directly to why this happens", she stressed.
However, the research, like any other, has its own limitations.More news: SAP to acquire Qualtrics in $8bn deal
Meanwhile, almost as many American adults have a Facebook account (68 percent), and three-quarters of those say they use it every day.
The students who participated in the study were all enrolled in psychology courses and were able to earn course credit for their participation. All had an iPhone already loaded with all three site apps. An Oregon Health & Science University Study found that military veterans were said to experience mental health issues 50 percent less if they spent more time around loved ones over those who socialized mostly online.
Researchers found that those who for three weeks has reduced the use of social networking, began to feel less alone, regardless of the initial level.
The study participants were then randomly assigned to unlimited or restricted access for a second week, after which mental health was re-assessed.
The study finds that students who limited their daily use of Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to 10 minutes each per day experienced significant declines in depressive symptoms.More news: Shahid Afridi clarifies his Kashmir statement; intensifies the controversy
But the restrictions had no impact on feelings of social support, self-esteem or one's overall sense of well-being. Also, Twitter was not a part of the study, and users could have used that as well, slightly tarnishing the reports.
While not advocating for a total divorce from all social media, the team acknowledged that identifying the flawless sweet spot for ideal usage habits remains elusive.
"The results from our experiment strongly suggest that limiting social media usage does have a direct and positive impact on subjective well-being over time, especially with respect to decreasing loneliness and depression", the study concludes.
"However, it is important to note that all social media use is not the same", said Primack.More news: Chelsea facing two-year transfer ban?