New research suggests Facebook use by adolescents can contribute to depression

The Associated Press reports that ‘Facebook depression’ could affect some teens who frequent the social network site:

There are unique aspects of Facebook that can make it a particularly tough social landscape to navigate for kids already dealing with poor self-esteem, said Dr. Gwenn O’Keeffe, a Boston-area pediatrician and lead author of new American Academy of Pediatrics social media guidelines.

With in-your-face friends’ tallies, status updates and photos of happy-looking people having great times, Facebook pages can make some kids feel even worse if they think they don’t measure up.

It can be more painful than sitting alone in a crowded school cafeteria or other real-life encounters that can make kids feel down, O’Keeffe said, because Facebook provides a skewed view of what’s really going on. Online, there’s no way to see facial expressions or read body language that provide context.

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One response to “New research suggests Facebook use by adolescents can contribute to depression

  1. I wonder if this was precipitated by the study by Jordan et al. (pers. soc. soc. bull. [37] 2011, 210) as that story seemed to hit the press about the same time…