The use of a social networking site could lead to depression, according to a research reported by the Sputnik News Agency on Saturday, December 3.
Facebook’s check-in culture factors into our habit of comparing our lives with others, leading to “rumination” or overthinking, the report said.
The results made researchers, David Baker and Dr. Guillermo Perez Algorta of Lancaster University to conclude that “Facebook is more likely to lead to feelings of depression than if those social comparisons happen in the real world”.
According to the study, women, along with those who experience neuroses, have increased chances of becoming depressed.
On the other hand, those who do not accept former romantic partners as Facebook friends, and who make less negative social comparisons or negative status updates, are less prone to depression, the report said.
Researchers, however, pointed out that a lot depends on the frequency, quality and type of online social networking, as well as important factors, such as gender and personality type.
Baker and Algorta conducted the psychological study among 35, 000 people aged 15 to 88 from 14 countries.
Facebook is an American for-profit corporation and online social media and social networking service based in Menlo Park, California, United States, established by Mark Zuckerberg and his colleagues in 2004.
At present, Facebook is one of the most widely used social networking site around the world.
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