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Too Much Facebook Makes Girls Depressed... Or Depressed Girls Use Facebook?

from the cause?-effect? dept

And here's another bit of a moral panic-inducing study about social networking -- with a professor at Stony Brook University suggesting that girls who do more regular communicating via Facebook, SMS, email and other tools, are more likely to be depressed. The study's authors suggest that girls get stuck in a rut communicating about their problems, reinforcing those problems and depressing the kids. The more they discussed their romantic ups and downs, the more likely they were to be depressed.

Of course, aren't there questions about cause and effect here? Wouldn't a more reasonable explanation be that those who were already more depressed are more likely to make use of these tools to wallow in their depression?

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    Donna Esbensen, 4 Feb 2009 @ 12:54pm

    Facebook and depression please!

    I agree with you about it being the other way around. Girls who are depressed are more likely to spend a lot of time on facebook because they have no urge to face the world, and yes they want to wallow in their problems. The term "misery loves company" well that is a perfect explanation. Since when are girls expressing themselves the cause a depression. I have two teenage girls of my own and I work with teenage girls every day. What we need to do is find a way to communicate with our girls to help them get through any problems they may have. Dont jump to conclusions about why they are depressed. Dont bash the one thing that gives them comfort.

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