Facebook Depression

Researchers at Stony Brook university in NY have published a study about depression linked to Facebook usage. Too much FB leaves you prone to anxiety and depression.

Author: range

I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.

6 thoughts on “Facebook Depression”

  1. I haven’t been on Facebook in 2009. I’ve been a member since July 08. It’s a good way to connect, but you lose a lot of time on FB.

  2. I recently lost a lot of friends so its pretty depressing to go on there every day and see how happy they are still hanging out with each other…

  3. At the end of the day, FB is all about your acquaintances, not your friends. You aren’t losing friends, just people you’d barely be talking to in real life. So most of this is pretty artificial. I still haven’t been on FB this year and I don’t miss it.

  4. A lovely dab bout the FB:

    I was browsing sites like this and found that many people grow depressed while viewing sites like Facebook and MySpace. I find this interesting because they note that they feel that the people they view tend to lead healthy, productive, happy lives; this mood is conveyed in various photos and profile status.

    One interesting note: As a family guy, I noticed that many friends that I have vary porportionately; people with the most friends seem like they are outcasts and need as many friends as they can achieve; healthy individuals seem to have a minimum (or what is deemed by online social sites) of a few friends. Perhaps the people with the minimum amount of friends actually speak, talk, communicate, and interact with people that they have as friends in the physical realm. Others with a large amount of friends seem to add whoever they can; they add Gus the garbage man since they have a subtle social interaction.

    Some observations: Those who have myriad friends online tend to make time to appease and find them. Those who lead busy lives tend to focus on true friendships that exist in reality and juggle work, school, or other busy lives. Don’t beat yourselves up because you view others as having a great number of friends with productive, happy lives. Two facts are known: everyone has problems in life and we are all human. These people are the same as you or I; not everyone is going to vent their woes online nor proclaim them online. Of course you view peoples profiles as normal, happy, or ideal. Many people wouldn’t post or advertise negatives of their lives. If any aspect of their lives is lacking, they will probably not be so forthcoming. 🙂

    Another fun fact: MySpace and Facebook are another venue of media that teaches people that they should live and prosper based on everyone else; the norm. A paradoxial observation is that many that follow this false lead are indeed unhappy; they front and act in a regard which appeases the general public. Many that deviate and find hapiness for themselves experience a true happiness that many will overlook or never experience at all. An example: When your first child is born, do you feel happiness when they are in your arms for the first time, or when they are in a photograph of them in your arms that is posted on MySpace for the first time?

    Bottom line: Gaining virtual friends, posting happy go lucky photos and managing a social online account takes time. Perhaps you or I have the same lifestyle; we may lack the time or do not wish to allocate the time to do so. Or, our lives may be private. I have many photos of family that I may not wish to expose to the entire world wide web. And, maybe a picnic or family vacation is more important than posting drunk photos replete with middle fingers from that last time we drank with a group of people which we won’t remember or talk with ever again… but it sure looks cool on FB or MS!!

    As for the whole participation in the online realm: If it gets you paid, great. If it gets you credits, fantastic. School and work are different; if you feel left out because FB or MS makes you feel so, think of real and relative examples like a famous Hollywood personality. Just because they have a FB account doesn’t mean that they are the originators of it; nor do they have time to manage, update, or really care about an online social atmosphere. They are just to busy.

    All thoughts inspired by philosophy; all famous philosophers probably have their own MS page for reference (note the joke).

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