Does Facebook Cause Depression? Depends On How You Use It

February 4, 2015 9:35 PM

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Another day, another Facebook-makes-us-sadder study. This time, it's out from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and it comes with a key caveat: Facebook can make us sadder, the researchers find, but only if you're using it to lurk from afar — to check on how an old acquaintance is doing, for example, without actually engaging with that person with "likes" or comments.

Researchers Margaret Duffy and Edson Tandoc are quick to draw a distinction between the good kind of Facebook usage, and the bad kind. They found that those who use Facebook to stay in touch with friends and family, as well as share important events from their lives, do not suffer from symptoms of d...

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