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Social Media Can Cause Depression Depending on How You Use It

Category: Science & Technology
Posted: 03:03PM

Every day I regularly check certain websites when I launch my browser to see the latest, and I suspect many of you do so too. For many of you one of those websites is probably Facebook, so you can see the latest posts from friends and family. Depending on how exactly you use Facebook though, it may be causing symptoms of depression, according to researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The researchers found that these feelings of depression followed feelings of envy after 'surveillance use' of Facebook. This would be using Facebook to gauge how wealthy someone is, or the happiness of their relationship, which if compared against their own situation, causes the envy. Users who use the site for more positive purposes, like just staying connected, did not suffer any of these negative feelings.

Source: University of Missouri-Columbia

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