Last year, I read this somewhere on the net, and they called a “new phenomenon” known as Facebook Depression, in which kids can become depressed because of simply viewing posts on their peer’s wall or by simply receiving updates.
In the U.S., a 16-year old high school student commented on this:
“If you didn’t have that many friends and weren’t 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.”
That’s from a perspective of a kid, but if they ask me about the kid’s comment, I might agree with her as well. For other kids, they can feel the same way being envied, sad (state of depression) because they can see other children being happy together with their peers, seeing their old classmates being successful in life, etc., and they will now try to compare their lives to their own. This will be depressing, especially if they haven’t done any good for the past years of their life until now.
I become depressed by just using Facebook when seeing posts related to my personal experiences of sadness, stories or videos about tragic accidents, etc. Other things that made me depressed – when I’ve seen the death of a friend’s relatives or classmate, a sick loved one, failure of a close friend in school, or problem in their work and most common is when someone of your close buddy had its break-up.
Facebook an overall, is not a depressing medium. For me is also an outlet to show what I feel, to express my feelings, and lessen the pain inside. It feels good to have friends that care about you, whether they’re just casual Facebook friends or real physical companions. Imagine the time will come as you reach your retirement age at work; these can help you keep your communication with them without going out tootoo much. You can sit and relax while conversing with a friend or loved ones. Social networking like Facebook could be a lifeline to good social health with limited mobility and budget.