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'Facebook Depression'

Facts of Life

BY The Editors

April 24-May 7, 2011 Issue | Posted 4/15/11 at 3:28 PM

 

“Facebook depression” can impact young people who spend too much time on social-networking sites.

“Though the symptoms and the resulting harmful behavior may be similar to ‘offline depression,’ the American Academy of Pediatrics has proposed Facebook depression as a new phenomenon,” Christian Post reported in late March.

That’s according to the AAP’s “The Impact of Social Media Use on Children, Adolescents and Families” report.

“Acceptance by and contact with peers is an important element of adolescent life. The intensity of the online world is thought to be a factor that may trigger depression in some adolescents,” the report states.

Another recent report by Telstra “found that 18- to 30-year-olds use Facebook in ways to help them appear cooler,” reported Christian Post. “Twenty-two percent said they use the Facebook Places ‘check-in’ feature to look cool, 10% use the feature to fit in with all the cool people who are doing it, and 10% use it to make others jealous. One-third of the respondents admitted to feeling jealous or left out when they see their friends check-in on Facebook Places.”