Research shows that less than five minutes on social media can be enough to make you sad.
People scroll on Twitter or watch YouTube when they stumble upon bad news and see their mood ruined.
Experts at the University of Essex found that people who saw bad news about Cowade experienced an “immediate and significant” decrease in happiness when they were on social media.
It can happen in just two to four minutes, he said, but if people look for posts that show kindness, they are less likely to get in a bad mood.
The team, led by psychologist Dr. Catherine Buchanan, said: “Even a few minutes of cowardly news on social media can upset a person.
“We would all do well to keep these effects in mind and balance the scroll of our doom with some kindness.”
The study, published in the journal PLOS One, asked 1,000 people how they felt after reading or watching coded news on social media.
They found that getting information from Twitter or YouTube was associated with a lack of positivity and made people feel less optimistic.
And it was still true when they actually logged in to see something else, but accidentally negative stories surfaced.
The researchers added: “Research shows that two minutes of exposure to negative news about Covid 19 can have negative consequences.
“Given that many people spend five to 10 times more time each day interacting with news related to coveted, this presents a potentially conservative estimate of the emotional tool.”