For years, the running theory has been that social media is bad for mental health. We grin and bear it and keep scrolling through Facebook even though we "know" it causes us stress, sleep disturbances, and plenty of FOMO. But a new study has found that it's not all bad: Older adults who use social media are 63 percent less likely to experience serious psychological distress from one year to the next, including major depression or serious anxiety.
It turns out that previous studies on the mental health challenges around social media have focused on teens and young adults, who tend to be going through other life changes that could interfere with the findings. For older adults, it's looking like social media might not be all that harmful. In fact, it could even lower levels of psychological distress.