This week, a new study revealed that people who spend more time on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram are more likely to be diagnosed with the coronavirus.
The research, published in the journal PLOS One, suggests that social media posts can increase the risk of contracting the virus.
The study examined the data of nearly 4,000 people from Australia, New Zealand and Canada who had participated in the coronovirus survey and who had spent more than 10 days online.
The participants were asked to report their exposure to the virus via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
The data revealed that the people who reported spending more time online were more likely than those who did not to be more likely, say the researchers.
They say the finding suggests that the amount of time spent on social networking sites may not be enough to keep a person infected with the virus at bay.
The researchers also say that people with less social media exposure might be more at risk of being infected.
The main question for the researchers was whether exposure to social media can make you more likely of contracting COVID-19.
They asked the participants to rate the likelihood of being exposed to the coronivirus on a scale from 1 (never) to 10 (always).
The participants rated the likelihood by using an online questionnaire designed to assess social media use.
It was found that the likelihood for people who spent more time than others on social networks was 4.8, while the likelihood that they had used social media for at least 10 days was 2.9.
This finding suggests the social media networks could have a protective effect against the coronvirus, says lead author of the study Dr. Sarah McAllister.
But McAllisters research also shows that the most frequent source of social media transmission from people to others is the person who is at high risk of infection, she says.
So the next step is to determine whether this could be an indicator of whether people who have a greater social media consumption are more at high-risk of infection.
The new study is the latest to link social media to the spread of the coronas virus.
In May, researchers published a study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health that found people who use social media at least once a day, more than two hours a day and at least twice a week were three times more likely at some point in their lifetime to be infected with COVID than people who did nothing online.