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Articles tagged with: american academy of pediatrics

Doctors Warn About New Condition: Facebook Depression

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a study warning against “Facebook Depression.” The onset of this condition is caused by reading statuses about your friends’ interesting lives, and seeing pictures of them having more fun than you. Facebook depression is most likely to occur in young teens, who are already insecure and envious of peers.

Kids and teenagers have always been comparing one another, but the numerical stats Facebook provides make it easier than ever. You can’t argue with someone who says they have more friends, since the exact number is right there on your profile. Doctors cite this ability to rank someone as a main cause of social networking stress. Another cause is the skewed version of reality present on Facebook, and the way people present themselves that is different from real life.