Differential Effects of Social Media on Depressive Symptoms and Suicidal Ideation Among the Younger and Older Adult Population in Hong Kong During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Population-Based Cross-Sectional Survey Study   [open pdf - 251KB]

From the Introduction: "Unprecedented control measures, such as lockdown, quarantine, social distancing, and home confinement, have been implemented to contain the spread of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019], an infectious disease caused by a coronavirus that was newly discovered in 2019. These measures have brought marked changes in our social worlds and digital lifestyles within a short time frame. As a large proportion of the global population hunkers down in isolation away from their family and friends, social media and social networking sites (SNSs) have become a crutch for human connection and information sharing. Although the World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed support for the gaming industry's online social media campaign #PlayApartTogether, which incorporates WHO guidelines on coronavirus prevention, the role of social media use in the mental health of the general public during the COVID-19 pandemic remains unclear. Related empirical studies have been limited and have reported inconsistent findings. The inconsistent results highlight the need to explore the potential underlying mechanisms that may illustrate the link between social media use and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic; however, we did not identify such studies. In addition, there have been growing concerns about people experiencing increased suicidal ideation or self-harming behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic isolation. No study tested whether or how social media use status may influence suicidal ideation during the COVID-19 pandemic."

2021 Xue Yang, Benjamin H K Yip, Arthur D P Mak, Dexing Zhang, Eric K P Lee, Samuel Y S Wong. Posted here with permission. Document is under a Creative Commons license and requires proper attribution and noncommercial use to be shared: [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/].
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JMIR Public Health Surveillance (May 25, 2021), v.7 issue 5
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