About Careers MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Depression Caused By Networking Sites

by Rathi Manohar on March 28, 2011 at 10:25 PM
Font : A-A+

 Depression Caused By Networking Sites

'Facebook depression' is the latest warning issued by doctors against social networking sites that pose an emotional danger to troubled teenagers.

Although researchers debate on whether the depression has already existed in susceptible children, and just gets worse with more negative triggers; or, whether it is a condition that is newly triggered off by online networks, it is undeniable that Facebook is not an easy place for emotionally at-risk youngsters.

Advertisement

According to Dr Gwenn O'Keeffe, lead author of new American Academy of Pediatrics social media guidelines, a false reality is presented through friend tallies, status updates and happy pictures of popular peers. To young people who may be yearning for social popularity, this may make them feel all the more depressed. They do not realize that the image created in Facebook may not be true, or as O'Keefe says, that 'it is a skewed view of life.'

Another study headed by Dr. Joanne Davila at Stony Brook University concludes that texting, email and time spent on social networking sites can worsen teens' moods and make them worry obsessively over issues instead of moving past them.
Advertisement

Dr. Megan Moreno, an adolescent medicine specialist at the University of Wisconsin, who has studied online social networking among college students, explained further that using Facebook can enhance feelings of social connectedness among well-adjusted kids, but have just a contrary effect on young people inclined to be depressed.

Young people who are emotionally mature and socially stable have also commented in interviews that while the networking site did not upset them, they could understand how it could stress out many, for it is like a big popularity contest.

Cyberbullying, online harassment and other risks sometimes make a depressed young person take the extreme step out through suicide. The social media guidelines published in Pediatrics recommend that parents talk to their young children and help them to know about online risks and Facebook depression so that they would be better prepared to handle the problem.



Source: Medindia
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Diet and Oral Health: The Sugary Connection May Become Sour
World AIDS Day 2022 - Equalize!
Test Your Knowledge on Sugar Intake and Oral Health
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Adolescence Depression Depression Stress Relief Through Alternative Medicine Andropause / Male Menopause Pregnancy and Complications Bereavement Holistic Management for Depression Tourette Syndrome Dealing with Menopause symptoms through lifestyle changes Tired All The Time 

Most Popular on Medindia

Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants Drug - Food Interactions Iron Intake Calculator Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects Diaphragmatic Hernia Sanatogen How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips Vent Forte (Theophylline) Pregnancy Confirmation Calculator Find a Doctor
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close
×

Depression Caused By Networking Sites Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests