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Can spending time on social networking sites like Facebook lead to depression?
There's no question that Facebook is popular given its 1.23 billion active users in countries around the world. With status updates, chatrooms, personal messaging, and online games, Facebook seems to be a perfect social tool for staying in contact with friends and family members without ever needing to leave the house. So why do so many Facebook users report feeling depressed and lonely?
A new review article published in Review of General Psychology (link is external) explores some of the factors that can lead to Facebook depression. Written by Charlotte Rosalind Blease at University College Dublin, her article provides an overview of research into the behavioural impact of social media sites such as Facebook. She also examines how different theories of evolutionary psychology can help to explain why Facebook depression can occur.
To read more, check out my new Psychology Today blog post.
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