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  • Updated: May 23, 2024

Social media addiction increases risk of mental health problems - Experts

Social media addiction increases risk of mental health probl

A neuro psychiatrist, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, ATBU-TH, Bauchi, Dr Adamu Babaji,  has said that frequent use of social media increases risk of mental health disorder

Babaji said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Thursday in Bauchi.

According to him, social media users stand the risk of developing mental disorder as such they should prioritise engagement in physical activities, noting that persistent engagement in social media contributes to psychiatric cases, especially among the youths

He said that studies had established a strong link between heavy social media use and increased risk of depression, anxiety, loneliness, among others

The medical expert, therefore, cautioned people against adverse social media use to improve their mental health

“Social media users should be moderate in their activities

“Social media is another leading cause of intellectual disorder. Users tend to withdraw from social activities, engagement, become isolated and attached to their gadgets.

“This is not healthy as social interaction is good for mental health,” he said 

Babaji also urged parents and guardians to counsel their wards on the use of social media to limit the risk.

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