Since COVID-19 started wreaking havoc around the world, most of our energy has been focused on the physical damage done by the highly infectious and potentially deadly virus. However, we may be overlooking another deadly aspect of the pandemic: mental health. While only a small portion of the country has been infected with coronavirus, every single one of us is prone to the stress, depression, and anxiety that can manifest itself as a result of social distancing and simply living and breathing during a pandemic. And, according to new research, one popular activity can majorly aggravate these COVID-related mental health woes: social media consumption. 

An article published this week in JAMA Psychiatry takes a deep dive into the mental health repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, offering suggestions on how they can be minimized. Researchers point out that as a result of social distancing, people are spending more time on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and other socially interactive apps and websites. 

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