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Social Media Use Likely to Affect the Physical Health of a Person

Health Monitor

High levels of social media use or screen time may negatively affect physical health in multiple ways. For example, it may reduce users’ amount and quality of sleep. Hyperconnectivity may also increase stress or displace health-promoting activities such as exercise. Social media use was correlated with worse physical health indicators among college students.  Social media use was associated with higher levels of C-Reactive Protein (CRP), a biological marker of chronic inflammation in the blood that is associated with chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular diseases and cancers. Social media use was also related to experiencing more frequent somatic symptoms. It also positively correlated with more visits to the doctor or health centers for an illness.