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Passive use of Social Media may Increase Depression

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London: Great holiday, fantastic party and incredible food, everyone shows their life in the best light on social networking apps like Facebook and Twitter, but researchers have found that people who use these apps passively are in danger of developing depressive symptoms. “Being confronted by social information on the Internet – which is selective and only positive and favourable – leads to lower self esteem,” said study lead author Phillip Ozimek from the Ruhr University Bochum. As low self esteem is closely related to depressive symptoms, researchers consider this short-term effect to be a potential source of danger. (IANS)

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