Social Comparison on Facebook Can Lead to Depression

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Wed, Apr 8th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Science Daily, extensive use of Facebook has been linked to depression. While Facebook itself doesn't cause the symptoms, depression arises when "people afflicted with emotional difficulties" compare their lives to those of their friends.

[...] For already distressed individuals, this distorted view of their friends' lives may make them feel alone in their internal struggles, which may compound their feelings of loneliness and isolation.

"This research and previous research indicates the act of socially comparing oneself to others is related to long-term destructive emotions. Any benefit gained from making social comparisons is temporary and engaging in frequent social comparison of any kind may be linked to lower well-being," said Steers.

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