Abstract

There have been many studies on the relationship between social media use and depression in recent years, but there are inconsistencies between their findings. Using the systematic review method, we analyzed the existing body of work on the relationship between social media use and depression in the information systems field. We selected the Web of Science, Emerald, JSTOR, Science Direct, Taylor & Francis Online and Wiley Online Library as search databases, and ended up with 24 papers that met all our requirements. We identified four possible reasons for the inconsistencies. First, the measurement indicators of social media use are different. Second, depression is not measured in the same way. Third, the studies considered different populations of social media users. Fourth, the mediating factors are different with regards to the relationship between social media use and depression. This study provides literature supported theoretical insights for further exploration and analysis.

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Understanding the Relationship between Social Media Use and Depression: A Systematic Review

There have been many studies on the relationship between social media use and depression in recent years, but there are inconsistencies between their findings. Using the systematic review method, we analyzed the existing body of work on the relationship between social media use and depression in the information systems field. We selected the Web of Science, Emerald, JSTOR, Science Direct, Taylor & Francis Online and Wiley Online Library as search databases, and ended up with 24 papers that met all our requirements. We identified four possible reasons for the inconsistencies. First, the measurement indicators of social media use are different. Second, depression is not measured in the same way. Third, the studies considered different populations of social media users. Fourth, the mediating factors are different with regards to the relationship between social media use and depression. This study provides literature supported theoretical insights for further exploration and analysis.

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