Researchers Say Facebook Linked to Depression

After a review of multiple studies on social media and depression, researchers have found that Facebook, the social media giant designed to connect people, is more likely connected to depression.

Lancaster University researchers analyzed studies from 14 countries with 35,000 participants between the ages of 15 and 88 found there is a direct link between depression and rumination.

Rumination is the tendency to repetitively think about the causes, situational factors, and consequences of one’s negative emotional experience. Basically, rumination means that you continuously overthink things that are upsetting to you.

Frequently posting on Facebook was linked to increased rumination and depression, potentially stemming from not only what people do online, but also how their experiences linger with them afterward.

The study also found that users who often post negative status updates and/or comparing yourself with other people are at an increased risk of depression.

This is not the only time Facebook has been linked to depression, a 2014 study in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology found that Facebook and depressive symptoms go hand-in-hand and in 2015, Morten Tromholt, Department of Sociology University of Copenhagen, discovered that quitting Facebook leads to higher levels of well-being(1).

1. Tromholt Morten. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. November 2016, 19(11): 661-666. doi:10.1089/cyber.2016.0259.

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