Use of social media does not necessarily cause depressive symptoms later in adolescents and young adults, according to a recent research.
The study, however, showed that relatively higher depressive symptoms resulted due to more social media use later only among adolescent girls.
The latest study stands in contrast to recent claims that suggests teenagers' use of social media could lead to depression.
"You have to follow the same people over time in order to draw the conclusion that social media use predicts greater depressive symptoms. By using two large longitudinal samples, we were able to empirically test that assumption," said lead author Taylor Heffer from the Brock University in Canada.
For the study, the team surveyed 594 adolescents and 1,132 college undergraduates.