Study dispels notion social media displaces human contact. Echoing concerns that grew with the World Wide Web itself a decade earlier, the rise of social media has stoked fears of 'social displacement' -- the alienation of people from friends and family in favor of Facebook and Twitter. A new study goes a fair distance toward debunking that notion. Source 6j.
Social media use increases depression and loneliness, study finds. Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram may not be great for personal well-being. The first experimental study examining use of multiple platforms shows a causal link between time spent on these social media and increased depression and loneliness. Source 1b.
People spend way too much time online looking to fill whatever it is that is empty in them. Thing is when you forget real life by putting off real people in place of online fluff you will soon get a reality check and depression sets in.
Using Skype to beat the blues. Researchers compared four different types of online communication technologies -- video chat, email, social networks and instant messaging -- used by people 60 and older and then gauged their symptoms of depression based on survey responses two years later. The study found that people who used video chat functions such as Skype and FaceTime had almost half the estimated probability of depressive symptoms compared with older adults who did not use any communication technologies.