Depression Got You Down? Then Get Off Facebook

Depression may be made worse with all the time you are spending online. It may turn out that investing all that time on Facebook and blogging might have adverse affects on your mental health. A recent study found that more than 16 percent of people used the internet to the point that it interfered with their daily activities. While an official measurement for this time of addiction does not yet exist, researchers are currently working on developing a standard diagnostic criteria. By replacing actual human interaction with online chats, and gaming, people may become more and more cut off from their community. In turn, this social isolation may contribute to depression. People that are obsessed with their online world may choose surfing the web over sleep and use the internet as a means to escape. Excessive time online can cause numerous work, school, health, and financial problems.  Additionally, some studies show internet addicts have a higher propensity for other types of addictions such as gambling, cybersex, online shopping and alcoholism.

Teenagers are especially prone to depression stemming from internet addiction. While some parents are concerned their teens may get hooked on drugs or alcohol, another growing concern for parents is teenage internet addiction. A new study confirms parents have a right to worry, because there are many health and social issues for young people who spend too much time online. In fact, a new study found prolonged internet use to be linked to obesity, social isolation, skipping meals, sleeping problems, and developing depression and stress.

The problem is not just an American one, either. A study following Chinese teenagers found similar results. Teens who use the Internet in an uncontrollable manner may be more likely to become depressed than normal Web users, according to research.

In particular, social media sites like Facebook contribute to the feelings of depression. Just like at school, adolescents want to be well liked and popular on the internet.  Facebook depression is  real and could be a clinical term someday according to a new American Academy of Pediatric clinical report. As the report explains, “Researchers have proposed a new phenomenon called “Facebook depression,” defined as depression that develops when preteens and teens spend a great deal of time on social media sites, such as Facebook, and then begin to exhibit classic symptoms of depression.” The quest to be cool extends far beyond who sits where at the cafeteria table.

Check out this FYI Article on How To Boost Your Mood Without Diet or Pills.


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