Social Media Use May Promote Depression in Pregnancy
More time spent on social media spent in ways defined as problematic was significantly associated with increased depressive symptoms during pregnancy, based on data from more than 600 individuals.
Depressive symptoms among pregnant women have risen in recent years, but the potential impact of social media use on depression in pregnancy has not been well studied, wrote Lotte Muskens, a PhD candidate at Tilburg (the Netherlands) University and colleagues.
In a study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, the researchers surveyed 697 pregnant women aged 19-42 years who were part of a larger longitudinal prospective study (the Brabant Study) in the Netherlands. The mean age of the participants was 31 years; 96% were employed, 99% had a partner, and 71% had a bachelor's degree or higher. Depressive symptoms were assessed at 12, 20, and 28 weeks of pregnancy using the Dutch version of the 10-item Edinburgh Depression Scale (EDS).