The Relationship between Social Media Addiction and Depression among Medical Students of Peshawar




social media, addiction, depression, medical students


Background: Melancholy is one of the major fitness issues in modern society. WHO has found that melancholy is the most common reason for disability nowadays. It is a common and extreme mental disorder that affects someone's everyday activities and capabilities, consisting of questioning, falling asleep, eating, working, and analyzing. In our research, we want to show the connection between social media use and depression in medical students. . Research studies have shown that excessive use of social media affects students' mental health. Social media use can increase depression among users.

Objective: To determine if a relationship exists between social media and depression among medical students of Peshawar,

Methodology: A cross-sectional study was carried out among the students of private medical colleges in Hayatabad, Peshawar. An online questionnaire was designed using Google forms and was sent to the participants via WhatsApp. The questionnaire was filled out by 282 participants. Data analysis was done using SPSS version 20 and MS EXCEL was used to make graphs and figures.

Results: The age of participants was between 18 and 27 years. 56.7% were using social media for personal needs and interests, 10.6% were using it for educational purposes, and only 2.5% were using it for professional purposes. We found that 40.1% were using social media more than 10 times per day, 36.9% used it 2–5 times a day, and 5.7% used it only 7 (2.5%) out of 282 participants. According to the scale, 275 (97.5%), 275 (97.5%) have an addiction, and 275 (97.5%) have no addiction. 193 (68.4%) participants out of 282 were at risk of clinical depression, and 89 (31.6%) have no clinical depression.

Conclusion: According to this study, social media does not necessarily cause depression. It was concluded that depression may be due to other causes like stressful life, unemployment, family problems, and low socioeconomic status.


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Maqsood H, Sami S, Khan N, Zaman B, Abbasi T, Afreen Z, et al. The Relationship between Social Media Addiction and Depression among Medical Students of Peshawar. IRABCS [Internet]. 2024 Jun. 30 [cited 2024 Jul. 20];2(1):139-44. Available from:

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