More than one-third of American adults view social media as harmful to their mental health, according to a new survey from the American Psychiatric Association. Just 5 percent view social media as being positive for their mental health, the survey found. Another 45 percent say it has both positive and negative effects.
Two-thirds of the survey's respondents believe that social media usage is related to social isolation and loneliness. There is a strong body of research linking social media use with depression. Other studies have linked it to envy, lower self-esteem, and social anxiety.