According to a broad study, social media affects sleep. So if you’re one of those persons that pick up the phone and starts browsing various news feeds in order to get sleepy, you should reconsider your night time online activities.
A post-doc researcher, Jessica Levinson, conducted a broad study that concluded that social media affects sleep. According to her paper, almost thirty percent of constant social networks users experience difficulty when trying to sleep.
In order to reach these conclusions, Levinson, and her team created a questionnaire. They then asked approximately 1,700 individuals aged 17 to 32 to respond to its questions. The primary focus of the survey was the number of social media platforms the users were frequently visiting, the average amount they spent on each platform, the amount of physical exercise they engaged in and the quality of sleep they were getting.
The survey was conducted on eleven of the most popular social media websites like Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Google Plus, Reddit, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Vine. The average time that participants spent on an account daily was 61 minutes. They also visited their individual accounts roughly 31 times per week.
According to Levinson, this is the first broad study to determine that social media affects sleep patterns. The good news is that the virtual media aficionados who preferred to keep their phones in their pockets and alternate the online world with the real one had more chances of getting a resting snooze at the end of the day than those who regularly checked their accounts for notifications.
Furthermore, the participants that spent more time than the average 60 minutes a day browsing their social networks accounts had 50 percent more chances of experiencing difficulties falling asleep and getting insufficient rest at night.
While your Facebook account keeps you in contact with your long-lost friends, your Twitter always lets you find out all the latest celebrity feuds and updates, your LinkedIn enables you to develop your business image and Reddit fills your need for having fun, social media affects your sleep.
The post-doctoral student is advising all individuals with social media accounts to avoid spending time on the virtual platforms before going to bed. She also urges people to switch their smartphones on “silent” mode whenever they have the opportunity and enjoy the outdoors as often as they get a chance.
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