Facebook Depression Is Real
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And what about those pictures posted of parties you were never invited to, and the ski trip everyone else went on? This digital popularity contest has led to a new kind of overwhelming sadness: Facebook Depression.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a report that says teens who spend an obsessive amount of time on Facebook, MySpace, and other social networking sites are more likely to show signs of depression as they peruse the digital pages of other lives that seem more interesting, fun, and successful.
"It's very easy to compare yourself to others when you just see what
they show in their Facebook page which may or may not match reality," Dr. Ken Ensroth, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, says.
"Adolescents who suffer from Facebook depression ... sometimes turn to risky Internet sites and blogs that may promote substance abuse, unsafe sexual practice, or aggressive or self-destructive behaviors."
Facebook depression is not something to "Like."
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