A University of Michigan study reported in August that Facebook makes users unhappy. The researchers polled 82 college students and concluded that the act of browsing other people’s highlight reels and comparing them to their own humdrum existences led to depression and loneliness. But that study was hardly fair, nor a reasonable representation of the 700 million daily Facebookers.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at last year’s TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, where he discussed topics including the social network’s focus on mobile, brain drain at the company, its initial public offering, search, and his vision for the future. What will he do for an encore?
Spring break combined with Facebook’s quiet period before the initial public offer has everyone scrounging for stories, which is the only logical explanation for reviving the question of whether the social networkmakes us lonely.
Homicide detectives do not know why Rebekah Sanders killed her two children, but her Facebook page offers plenty of clues.
Facebook can help you detect friends who may be suffering from depression, and reaching out to them can strengthen your ties.
The American Academy of Pediatrics warns that Facebook may have a negative impact on teens already prone to depression.
People tend to depict only the happiest aspects of their lives on Facebook. Problem is, this is the side that we often see from our friends as well. Could comparing ourselves to others’ profiles make us depressed?