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Social media, social comparison and mental health.

Warrender, Dan; Milne, Rosa



Social media has become a mainstay of popular culture, with a growing number of users. Yet the understanding of how social media can impact on mental health is at an early stage. This article focuses on social media and how the increased opportunity to make social comparison may contribute to mental health difficulties. Relevant theory and clinical examples are discussed. Suggestions are made for nursing practice.


WARRENDER, D. and MILNE, R. 2020. Social media, social comparison and mental health. Nursing times [online], 116(3), pages 58-61. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 2, 2019
Online Publication Date Mar 6, 2020
Publication Date Mar 31, 2020
Deposit Date Dec 6, 2019
Publicly Available Date Mar 6, 2020
Journal Nursing times
Print ISSN 0954-7762
Publisher EMAP
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 116
Issue 3
Pages 58-61
Keywords Social media; Mental health; Peer-pressure; Social benchmarking; Nursing practice
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