Pediatricians warn about Facebook depression

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    Mar 28, 2011 6:26 AM GMT
    Um RJ is not this way at all... "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." Excuse me as I try to go run an ultra marathon or something ...

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    Add “Facebook depression” to potential harms linked with social media, an influential doctors' group warns, referring to a condition it says may affect troubled teens who obsess over the online site.

    Researchers disagree on 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 there are unique aspects of Facebook that can make it a particularly tough social landscape to navigate for kids already dealing with poor self-esteem, said Dr. Gwenn O'Keeffe, a Boston-area pediatrician and lead author of new American Academy of Pediatrics social media guidelines.

    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.

    It can be more painful than sitting alone in a crowded school cafeteria or other real-life encounters that can make kids feel down, O'Keeffe said, because Facebook provides a skewed view of what's really going on. Online, there's no way to see facial expressions or read body language that provide context.

    The guidelines urge pediatricians to encourage parents to talk with their kids about online use and to be aware of Facebook depression, cyberbullying, sexting and other online risks. They were published online Monday in Pediatrics.

    Abby Abolt, 16, a Chicago high school sophomore and frequent Facebook user, says the site has never made her feel depressed, but that she can understand how it might affect some kids.

    “If you really didn't have that many friends and weren't really doing much with your life, and saw other peoples' status updates and pictures and what they were doing with friends, I could see how that would make them upset,” she said.
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    Mar 28, 2011 12:25 PM GMT
    Oh well, fuck'em..."it gets worse!"

    Let'm start working, then realize that their job forces them to watch everyone else having fun; but they can't go have fun at those places because they have to work the next day.

    In other words: I missed Ultra because I had to work...for the fourth fucking year in a row. icon_sad.gif

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    Mar 28, 2011 1:23 PM GMT
    Give me a break. Do you know how many people i know who have periodically cut down their Facebook friends lists because they don't talk to 70% of the people on said lists. Those friend tallies mean nothing! NOTHING to be depressed about.
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    Mar 28, 2011 4:59 PM GMT
    bostonboy0089 saidGive me a break. Do you know how many people i know who have periodically cut down their Facebook friends lists because they don't talk to 70% of the people on said lists. Those friend tallies mean nothing! NOTHING to be depressed about.



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