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Online Social Networking may Serve as a Resource for Managing Depression, says a Recent Study

The findings suggest that health professionals should ask patients about social support systems -- whether online or in real life

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London, November 29, 2016: While frequency and duration of online social networking may have a negative effect on mental health outcomes, a new study suggests that for some people, Facebook and Twitter may also serve as a resource for managing depression, thereby contributing to more positive outcomes.

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The study suggests that online social networking can have both a positive and a negative effect on a person’s well-being, and the frequency, quality, and purpose of the experience will all factor into the outcome.

The review article published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behaviour, and Social Networking highlighted that the relationship between online social networking and depression is quite complex and some people may enjoy a social support system in the virtual world as well.

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Multiple psychological, social, behavioural, and individual factors may all impact this complex relationship, according to the study by David Baker and Guillermo Perez Algorta from Lancaster University in Britain.

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The findings suggest that health professionals should ask patients about social support systems — whether online or in real life — as part of their routine clinical intake. (IANS)

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Social Media Giant Facebook Announces First Browser API for Google Chrome

"We hope to continue driving new APIs and to ramp up our contributions to open source web browsers,”

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FILE - An Indian man surfs a Facebook page at an Internet cafe in New Delhi, India, Feb. 9, 2016. VOA

Social networking giant Facebook has announced its first major API contribution to Googles Chrome browser that is focused on making user experience smoother and faster shortening the time between a click or keystroke and the browser reacting to that.

In computer programming, API is a set of functions and procedures that supports the creation of applications which later access features or data that is part of an operating system (OS), application or other service.

“We are excited to share that the ‘Chrome 74’ release will include the origin trial for our ‘isInputPending’ API. We hope to take developer feedback from this trial and use it to make the case for fully shipping the API,” Nate Schloss and Andrew Comminos, software engineers at Facebook wrote in a blog-post on Monday.

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This process of bringing its own API to the Chrome browser marks the new method of developing web standards at the company.

According to the post, Facebook’s “isInputPending” API is now part of a larger effort to build scheduling primitives into the web.

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The social networking giant would make trial of its new API on Chrome available for developers who “are looking to get rid of queuing delays and improve interaction and loading performance”.

“We hope to continue driving new APIs and to ramp up our contributions to open source web browsers,” Schloss and Comminos said. (IANS)