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December 3, 2016: Facebook, undoubtedly has brought the world close but at what cost? In the culture of DP, CP, and check-in, we often end up comparing our lives to that of others. We often end up feeling sad and depressed because someone is travelling or having fancy food or bought a new gadget or what so ever. We are always complaining.

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Well, the Lancaster University review of existing research recently suggested, “Comparing yourself with others on Facebook is more likely to lead to feelings of depression than making social comparisons offline.”

According to TOI, “That’s one of the findings from a review of all the research on the links between social networking and depression by David Baker and Dr Guillermo Perez Algorta from Lancaster University. They examined studies from 14 countries with 35,000 participants aged between 15 and 88. There are among 1.8 billion people on online social networking sites worldwide, with Facebook alone having more than 1 billion active users.”

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This isn’t something we don’t know, it is very obvious as because one people envy when they observing others doing something better than them. Even accepting former partners as Facebook friends may lead to depression.

American Academy of Pediatrics in 2011 defined “Facebook depression” as a “depression that develops when preteens and teens spend a great deal of time on social media sites, such as Facebook, and then begin to exhibit classic symptoms of depression.”

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The study found out that depression related to that with online social networking is very complex and it is linked with factors like, age, gender etc. In fact, people with neurotic personalities get more depressed than others.

That being said, the researchers also believe that online activity can also help people to come out of depression who all use it to enhance social support.

– by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram. Twitter: @PinazKazi


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