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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Feeling Depressed? Blame It To Facebook

Research have proven that too much use of Facebook and other social networking sites could be the one responsible for more than just distressing slight irritation and can contribute to a more crucial mental health issues.

Feeling Depressed? Blame It To Facebook

Some would renounce the absolute changes social networking has made to the community and the social relationships, for better or for worse. As of this time, majority of the facebook users know how vast the platform can be and sarcastic memes have foist that people's life may not be completely as wonderful as they created them to be on the social networking sites.

Social media became a more important part of the way how man communicate, study into the event has continued to expand and as much of it is revealing a constant theme.

Research have proven that too much use of Facebook and other social networking sites could be the one responsible for more than just distressing slight irritation and can contribute to a more crucial mental health issues.

The most current research made by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine advertized in the journal of Depression and Anxiety last April 2016 shows that the more time the young adult uses social media the more they are likely to be more depressed. To test the effects of social media on the state of mind of the users, about 1,787 adults around the age of 19 to 32 were provided a series of questions relating to their use of the 11 most popular social media platforms:

· Facebook
· YouTube,
· Twitter
· Google Plus
· Instagram
· Snapchat
· Reddit
· Tumblr
· Pinterest
· Vine
· LinkedIn

In an average, the research shows that participants use social media 61 minutes a day and they visited a number of accounts 30 times a week. Surprisingly, almost 25% of the participants were classified as having depressions with "high indicators." Big associations were noted in between the depression and their use of social media, may it be measured in terms of total time spent or the number of visits.

For those users who use social media most of the time the entire week shows to be depressed 2.7 times than to those who spent less time using the platforms. Furthermore, users that use social media during the day had a 1.7 times the chance of being depresses than those who uses it less.

Lui yi Lin, a researcher who said that people who are depresses turns to social media to fill a gap and they know that being exposed to social media may cause them depression.


Facebook is a big Dystopian not a Utopian

Lin's test builds on the findings of a study in 2014 by the Houston University that is particularly directed on Facebook and discovered why too much use can bring symptoms of depressions. The research dubbed “Seeing Everyone Else’s Highlight Reels: How Facebook Usage is Linked to Depression,” deduced that too much social comparison to others is influencing the psychological health of users negatively.

In an estimate, Facebook has over 1.65 billion active users monthly around the world and 1.09 billion of these users log on daily. Just within US, users allot an overwhelming 19% of their internet browsing to any Facebook-related activities. After accessing the site, they are being blasted with a surge of information like status updates, opinions, distressing news, photos of someone else's romance, babies or trip to some place.

The part of the research said that earlier studies has tied Facebook use to positive results like a fulfillment of ego needs, bigger subjective well-being, and a higher relationship quality for users that are in a romantic relationship. Though, there are a few that has an outcome of such cyber trade may be more of dystopian the of a utopian.


University of Houston devised a method, it's a 14-day diary method that will test the length to which the time spent on Facebook encouraged the users to compare their lives to the others. Each of them were asked about their usage and how likely they will make a social comparisons. Amazingly, the element between the number of time used on Facebook and depressive symptoms were settled by “upwards, non-directional (neutral) and downwards social comparisons” as referred to by the researchers.

The upwards comparisons is like looking up to someone that is noted as famous or appealing, likely to make people to feel bad. On the other hand, the downward comparisons is like comparing yourself to other with lower grades like making people feel better about their own.

Is it an Egg or a Chicken

Is it an Egg or a Chicken?

As it turns out, it is likely to be another is it a chicken or egg debate as if the exposure to social media is causing the depression or if depression fuels usage. No matter what came first, the connection between the use of social media and depressive symptoms is being validated from time to time and there are a lot of factors that makes this connection.

The research find that together with comparisons, which causes feelings of envy and the crooked belief that some lead a more happier and successful life, engaging in such activities of small meaning on social media may provide users of that "time-wasted" feeling that can negatively affect one's mood. Furthermore, the University of Pittsburgh researchers said that too much social media use can lead to internet addiction and allotting more time on social networking sites boost the risk of being prone to cyber-bullying or any other negative interactions alike, that can lead to have the feeling of depression.

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