Although there is a link between depression and social media use, new research indicates social media can be used for positive reinforcement. Two studies involving seven hundred students found a connection between depressive symptoms and the quality of online relationships and interactions. Higher levels of depressive symptoms, such as hopelessness and worthlessness, were reported by users who experienced more negative interactions, versus users who had more positive ones.
A similar study done in 2016 involving 1,700 people concluded individuals who were at the highest risk for depression and anxiety were those who used social media platforms the most. The reasoning connected to the increased chances of cyber-bullying, having a distorted view of others lives and feeling like social media was a waste of their time. As depression is so closely connected to anxiety in general, it is no wonder social media has an impact there as well.