When you think of social media you probably think of Facebook first. It is where we connect with friends and family to find out what is going on in their lives through pictures, status updates, messages and the like. Without Facebook would you know so much about people in your network? Although we have spoken about the advantages of Facebook’s network effects, can there also be some negative outcomes due to the use of Facebook?
This article is saying that Facebook is causing Depression. Research is indicating that Facebook is making teens and college students depressed since they perceive that others are happier than they are based on status updates and pictures.
A friend of mine recently said that she felt overwhelmed and upset by Facebook because she kept seeing pictures of everybody going away with their boyfriends while her and her boyfriend didn’t go on vacation together. I believe people are not going to post pictures and statuses about the sad moments in their lives. Instead, they are only going to post about the happy times.
There is debate though about which one comes first. Is it already depressed teenagers using the site and Facebook is proliferating the depression or is Facebook the direct cause of the depression itself?
I think only time will tell if Facebook is truly leading to depression since more research will have to be conducted.
Do you think Facebook really leads to Depression? Do you feel depressed by Facebook? Are you too hearing similar stories from friends that they feel depressed by Facebook?