New study shows too much Twitter and Instagram use can lead to depression

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Anyone who's partial to some endless scrolling on Twitter and Instagram will probably be all too familiar with the feeling of seeing someone's perfect outfit, super fun weekend or even great breakfast, while you're sat at home looking crap and feeling lonely. Sometimes, it can really get you down.

We're all guilty of comparing our own lives to the stuff we see on people's social media - but now a recent study has shown that it could actually be much more of an issue than you thought, and could even lead to depression.

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A recent US study, sponsored by the National Institute for Mental Health, identified a "strong and significant association between and social media use and depression", across a sample of young people.

Results showed that levels of depression increased significantly with the total amount of time spent across social media, which is quite an eye opener.

It's important to acknowledge that social media is beyond great for keeping you connected to friends and all your favourite famous people. It's a genius invention and we've got endless love for Twitter, Insta, Snapchat and all of that lot. Duh.

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But it's also vital to remember that anyone's account (even your own) is always a carefully chosen selection of the most share-worthy, perfect parts of their life. No one shares their spotty days, their lonely days or their fed up days, and almost EVERYTHING on the internet comes with a filter.

Make sure you're not comparing your behind the scenes with someone else's highlights reel, as they say.

Interesting, if not a little bit worrying. Are you surprised by the results of this survey? Or do you totally get what we mean about comparing yourself to other people on social media? Let us know with a tweet to @Sugarscape.

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