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Monday, 04 April 2011
 

Warnings linking Facebook use and teen depression
Add "Facebook depression" to potential harms linked with social media, an influential doctors' group warns, referring to a condition it says may affect troubled teens who obsess over the online site
AP, Thursday 31 Mar 2011
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Researchers disagree on whether it's simply an extension of depression some kids feel in other circumstances, or a distinct condition linked with using the online site.
But 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.
The guidelines urge pediatricians to encourage parents to talk with their kids about online use and to be aware of Facebook depression, cyberbullying, sexting and other online risks. They were published online Monday in Pediatrics.
The academy guidelines note that online harassment "can cause profound psychosocial outcomes," including suicide. The widely publicized suicide of a 15-year-old Massachusetts girl last year occurred after she'd been bullied and harassed, in person and on Facebook.
Facebook is where all the teens are hanging out now. It's their corner store, the benefits of kids using social media sites like Facebook shouldn't be overlooked, however, such as connecting with friends and family, sharing pictures and exchanging ideas.


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Bill

Saturday, April 02, 2011 12:04 AM
Facebook Depression
Hi, Nice post about Facebook usage. I just wrote an article summing up a whole bunch of different studies and surveys about Facebook addiction, the concept of frenemies, and why depression and other things affect heavy social media users. Here’s the link if you want to check it out: http://wp.me/p1fNJu-cv We’re also conducting a survey on Facebook usage, check it out here: http://www.surveytool.com/responders/index/id/1538 '

chevouy vassianna

Thursday, March 31, 2011 4:06 PM
english
that is true '

hari

Thursday, March 31, 2011 1:56 PM
Warnings linking Facebook use and teen depression
read it'

rubab

Thursday, March 31, 2011 1:51 PM
to u
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