Usage of Facebook linked to depression: Study reveals

Usage of Facebook linked to depression: Study reveals

Usage of Facebook linked to depression: Study reveals

Written by Staff Writer

07 Apr, 2015 | 4:25 pm

This is for all the Facebook users who spend a couple of minutes or hours stalking  others’ wall and comparing it with theirs.

The social media site  Facebook which can be used as an effective tool for connecting with new and old mates seems to be a cause of depression.

Some Facebook users feel depressed as they begin comparing what’s happening in their lives to the activities and accomplishments of their friends, reports Science Daily.

According to University of Houston (UH) researcher Mai-Ly Steers, this kind of social comparison paired with the amount of time spent on Facebook may be linked to depressive symptoms.

Steers conducted two studies to investigate how social comparison to peers on Facebook might impact users’ psychological health.

Both studies provide evidence that Facebook users felt depressed when comparing themselves to others.

The first study has found an association between time spent on Facebook and depressive symptoms for both genders.

However, the results demonstrated that making Facebook social comparisons mediated the link between time spent on Facebook and depressive symptoms for men only.

Meanwhile, the second study found a relationship between the amount of time spent on Facebook and depressive symptoms was mediated by social comparisons on Facebook. Unlike the first study, gender did not moderate these associations.

Steers said that people afflicted with emotional difficulties may be particularly susceptible to depressive symptoms due to Facebook social comparison after spending more time on medium.

For already distressed individuals, this distorted view of their friends’ lives may make them feel alone in internal struggles, which may compound their feelings of loneliness and isolation.

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