Face­book de­pres­sion link

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

‘‘ FACE­BOOK de­pres­sion’’ has been iden­ti­fied as an­other po­ten­tial prob­lem linked with teens who ob­sess over the on­line so­cial me­dia web­site.

R e s e a r c h e r s d i s a g r e e o n whether it’s sim­ply an ex­ten­sion of de­pres­sion some kids feel in other cir­cum­stances, or a dis­tinct con­di­tion linked with us­ing the on­line site.

But Amer­i­can pae­di­a­tri­cian Dr Gwenn O’Ke­effe said there w e r e u n i q u e a s p e c t s o f Face­book that could make it a par­tic­u­larly tough so­cial land­scape to nav­i­gate for kids al­ready deal­ing with poor self­es­teem.

‘‘ With in-your-face friends’ tal­lies, sta­tus up­dates and pho­tos of happy-look­ing peo­ple hav­ing great times, Face­book pages can make some kids feel even worse if they think they don’t mea­sure up,’’ he said.

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