Passive Scrolling On Social Media Linked To Anxiety, Stress, and Depression

Last Update on July 26, 2023 : Published on July 26, 2023
Passive Scrolling leads to anxiety

Are you someone who endlessly scrolls on social media without even connecting through the content you watch? Well, I get that, there are some bloomy days wherein we just don’t want to connect with anyone, watch reels or posts endlessly or I can say mindlessly. But, is that the right thing to do? Research says passive scrolling on social media can be linked to higher risks of developing anxiety, depression, stress, or other mental health issues!

If you’re someone who uses social media passively, you might have to take a break. Studies show that young adults and Gen Z are more involved in passive scrolling. Research specifically talks about the active users who do not post their own content and scroll through social media endlessly.

In this segment, let us find out what the news is all about and how to stop passive scrolling on social media. So, let’s get started!

Taking a Brief Look at the Study

Recently The Journal of Behavior and Information Technology published a study wherein the researchers surveyed 288 people between the ages 18 to 34 to gauge the relationship between social media, psychological distress, and feelings of loneliness. This study conducted a deep evaluation of three types of social media users in the ages.

The three types of social media users included passive scrollers on social media (people who exclusively scroll on social media without any engagement), active non-social media users (people who post their own content but don’t engage with the content of other users), and active social media users (people who post their own content and interact with other users to reach the maximum users).

The researchers found a link between increased passive social media users and elevated risk of depression, stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues. The researchers mentioned that when someone curiously creates content and shares it while not engaging with other users can have a positive impact on overall well-being.

the research highlights that when someone creates content and shares it on social media, it allows them to receive likes, comments, feedback, and other reactions which can have a positive impact as it allows them to improve socially and distress their worries.

The study focuses on the fact that direct social interactions are not based on pressures and constant participation, engagement, and communication with other people can sometimes be good for mental health.

Meanwhile, people who passively use social media can be at risk of developing mental health issues as the lack of engagement, communication, and certain gaps can fuel up the anxiety within. In most cases, passive or endless scrolling can be mentally exhausting.

According to the researchers, passive media scrollers do not allow them to seek opportunities for communication and engagement which can elevate the feelings of loneliness. If we focus on the advantages of using social media, social media can be a great platform to seek social support and promote connectedness but passive scrollers close the doors for all opportunities or advantages.

Such feelings can make them feel excluded or isolated. And consecutively, such feelings can result in increased levels of depression, stress, anxiety, and other common mental health issues.

How to Stop Passive Scrolling on Social Media?

1. Acknowledge your feelings and remove triggers

If you passively scroll on social media to avoid feelings like FOMO or something else, you must take a step back and acknowledge your feelings. Removing those triggers completely can help you promote mindfulness and positivity within.

2. Keep track of your scrolling time length

In order to overcome your mindless scrolling behavior, you work on regaining control of yourself. You can begin by indulging in some hobbies or productivity activities that can make you feel mindful. Additionally, you can take the help of applications that help you curb the timings of social media usage.

3. Try to positively engage

According to the studies, the more endlessly we’ll scroll, the more unhappy we’ll be. Therefore, bring some positive changes within yourself and try to positively engage with people on social media. To begin with, you can start reacting to posts you like funny or relatable. Offering encouragement to people can indirectly make you feel happy.

4. Remove useless information and troublesome accounts

Social media comes with a lot of advantages too! You can start engaging in the content that fascinates you. For example, if you’re driven away by some scientific facts or aeronautics, you can follow those pages and grab some helpful information. Remove useless information and make your feel look more relatable so that you can actively engage with the content people post.

I hope this blog helps you understand how passive scrolling on social media can be linked to anxiety, stress, and depression. Comment down and share your views on passive social media use.

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About The Author

Aayushi Kapoor
Aayushi Kapoor

Aayushi is a Content Creator at Calm Sage. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Food Technology and a Master's Degree in Clinical Nutrition. Her constant interest in the improvement of mental health, nutrition, and overall wellness embarked upon her career as a “full-time educational writer.” She likes to make an asynchronous connection with her readers. Her mantra for living life is "What you seek is seeking you".

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