Facebook Can Lead To Envy And Depression, Says Study

| by Michael Allen

A new study by the Nanyang Technological University, Bradley University and the University of Missouri Columbia has found that checking Facebook can cause problems to one's mental health.

The report surveyed 736 college students and found that if people compare themselves to their friends' Facebook pages, they can experience bouts with envy, depression and extreme sadness, noted CNN.

According to a University of Missouri press release, professor Margaret Duffy said:

“Facebook can be a fun and healthy activity if users take advantage of the site to stay connected with family and old friends and to share interesting and important aspects of their lives. However, if Facebook is used to see how well an acquaintance is doing financially or how happy an old friend is in his relationship—things that cause envy among users—use of the site can lead to feelings of depression.”

In Birmingham, Alabama, a 14-year-old girl was recently shot and killed over a Facebook argument (video below).

Kierra'onna Rice was killed last Friday evening during a fight with some other girls who met up in a park. According to the Birmingham Police Department, two teen male suspects, who were also present, fired bullets, which struck Rice and two other young people, noted Alabama's 13.

Sources: University of Missouri, CNN, Alabama's 13
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