The fact that social media is changing our lives is no surprise. Social media has changed the way we communicate, interact with others and also many of our daily habits. We photograph what we eat for show on Instagram, summarize our thoughts on Twitter and look at the lives of others on Facebook while waiting for their “likes”. Social media has an addictive point, which engages and affects our behavior. But then also we turn to social media for entertainment, to de-stress and to forget our problems.
In the last article we talked about a study from the University of Pittsburgh that showed that people who check social media most frequently had three times the likelihood of sleep problems.
But now we present a different study conducted in 2014 by the University of California Irvine. This study concluded that lack of sleep leads to increased use of social media.
Indeed, people who cannot sleep check social media to pass the time.
The participants of the study were equipped with mobile devices with software to track usage, incorporate surveys, control moods, questions and tasks.
The results showed a direct correlation between sleep deprivation and irritability, as well as frequent change of tasks and the increased use of social media like Facebook to distract them.
According to the lead researcher, Gloria Mark, “if you’re being distracted, what do you do? You go to Facebook. It’s lightweight, it’s easy, and you’re tired.”
In addition, the use of social media worsens the problem of lack of sleep because the light of mobile devices decreases the production of melatonin.
So if you have trouble sleeping, it is not recommended to visit social media because your problem may worsen.
Experts advise turning off all devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime to mitigate the impact of these technologies on sleep.