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Replacing 30 Minutes of Social Media with Exercise Improves Mental Health

Recent research from Ruhr-Universitätt in Bochum, Germany, suggests that replacing only 30 minutes of checking social media per day with physical activity can enhance emotional well-being and reduce stress.

For the study, the researchers recruited 642 healthy adult social media users and divided them into 4 experimental groups: the social media (SM) group had 162 individuals, the physical activity (PA) group of 161, a combination group of 159, and a control group of 160.

Having analyzed the received data, the scientists found that interventions helped people decrease the time they spend with SM. Moreover, even 6 months after the experiment, “the participants had reduced their daily initial SM time by about 37 minutes in the SM group, by about 33 minutes in the PA group, and by about 46 minutes in the combination group.”

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