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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    Connie Lou, 4 Feb 2009 @ 1:02pm

    Girl's Depression Facebook

    I think it is far more likely that people that tend towards chronic depression may become more depressed by using facebook because often the retelling of the things that disturb them stirs up depression and anxiety and focuses on the problem without focusing on the solution. If one would go on to focus on possible solutions one might be more hopeful. However when people are in the belly of the beast of depression they don't tend to be able to think positively and tend towards negativity. Therefore they don't see the solution or an end in sight as far as their problem goes.

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