Prison » Cutting down on social media is as important for your health as stopping smoking and drinking, experts say on the eve of ‘Scroll Free September’

Daily Mail
August 31, 2018

Getting young people to cut down on social media is as important to public health as campaigns designed to curb smoking and drinking.

That is the warning issued by the Royal Society of Public Heath (RSPC), which is encouraging people to participate in the first ever ‘Scroll Free September’ in a bid to stop the negative mental health impacts caused by these online services.

Previous research has found social media use is linked to heightened feelings of anxiety and depression, poor sleep and body images issues.

The ‘Scroll Free September campaign urges people to give up all social networks for a month, starting from tomorrow.

It hopes those who take part will not use the services as frequently after the month.

It follows similar campaigns like ‘Dry January’, which aims to break people’s habits around alcohol by challenging them to stay sober from the month, and smoking-free ‘Stoptober’, which is held in October each year.

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This article was posted: Friday, August 31, 2018 at 7:45 am

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