Facebook and Depression

Do you feel like you use Facebook too much? 
Speak to Terrace Wellness Group about our free mental health check-ups! 

Growing interest on the effects or implication of social media platforms is trending in recent research. The idea that social media services such as Facebook are related to mental health is a fairly new concept in science. This being said, growing evidence on the relationship between heavy Facebook use and depression is occurring. Although research has suggested that reaching out to a friend online may have positive effects to an individual’s mental health, new research examining frequency of posting on Facebook and the presence of depressive symptoms has been published this year in the journal of Medical Internet Research.

This correlational research does not have the strength to establish a cause and effect relationship between posting excessive content on Facebook and depression. Neither can it tell us which comes first, the depression or the extensive Facebook use. What this study allows is the possibility of predicting depression in individuals based on their Facebook use, due to the co-variability between depressive symptoms and Facebook usage. In this massive study, the Electronic Medical Records of 695 patients was correlated to their Facebook usage.

Although they found no relation between patients with physical symptoms such as hypertension, diabetes, headaches, back pain, anemia, or cancer and their Facebook usage, the researchers found a strong link between Facebook usage and the presence of depression or having a history of depression.

The importance of this research lies in what it is suggesting. Perhaps social media posting is a way that our brain communicates with us and not just others. Of further note, research is examining the potential of using online screening tools to identify and help improve the mental health of heavy social media users, this will potentially yield new tools to reduce depression in the Canadian population.

Do you feel like you use Facebook too much?

Speak to Terrace Wellness Group about our mental health check up!


  • Smith, R., Crutchley, P., Schwartz, H., Ungar, L., Shofer, F., Padrez, K., & Merchant, R. (2017). Variations in facebook posting patterns across validated patient health conditions: A prospective cohort study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 19(1), 36-46. doi:10.2196/jmir.6486

About Author

Tarek is a pre-med honors Health Psychology student at Carleton University, with a minor in Neuroscience and Mental Health. Currently, an undergraduate Health Psychology researcher, Tarek values the sharing of knowledge related to the biological, psychological, and social model of health.

Facebook and Depression (16)

  1. lelio vieira carneiro junior

    Wonderful blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers? I’m hoping to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m completely overwhelmed .. Any tips? Thank you!|

  2. Katherina

    Discover ways to take a solid of fingerprints and switch them into silver jewelry – there are programs throughout England.

  3. http://cyberforce.infocomweb.org/content/chinese-silver-jewellery-incorporates-chinese-language-soul-its-jewellery

    Think tattoo designs, particularly. Something Ed Hardyish or tattoo-type has an excellent likelihood of being extraordinarily widespread.

  4. joma jewellery preston

    Costume jewelry is designed for the event. Formal jewellery is supposed
    for a company get together, marriage ceremony, ceremonial dinner or the opera.

  5. 360 frontal

    I am pretty pleased when using the 360 frontal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ny8rUpI_98I look, . I ordered my friend-in-law a one. They are really style and good and also have a structured tailored search. They’re also easily interchangeable for younger as nicely as older men and women.

  6. Itamar Serpa

    Hello there, You have done an excellent job. I will definitely digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I am confident they will be benefited from this website.|

  7. mp3 search engine with direct downloads

    First off I want to say excellent blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing. I’ve had a difficult time clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out. I truly do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or tips? Appreciate it!|

  8. José Wilame Araújo Rodrigues

    Thankfulness to my father who shared with me regarding this weblog, this web site is really awesome.|

  9. Lelio Junior

    It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d definitely donate to this superb blog! I suppose for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to brand new updates and will share this blog with my Facebook group. Chat soon!|

  10. Grupo Coral fraude

    That is very attention-grabbing, You’re a very professional blogger. I’ve joined your feed and sit up for seeking more of your wonderful post. Also, I have shared your web site in my social networks|

  11. canvas wall art set of three

    stunning canvas prints. Get duplicate gifts?

  12. FirstKattie

    I see you don’t monetize your site, don’t waste your traffic, you can earn extra
    cash every month because you’ve got hi quality content. If you want to know how to make extra $$$, search for: Boorfe’s tips
    best adsense alternative

  13. imaging heterogeneity in lung cancer

    Diabetes iis liable fօr rapiod ell deterioration, organ failure,
    lack ⲟf eyesight pⅼus ɑ host of оther
    part effects. Ꮃe are noѡ living in an electric wοrld, as ԝell
    ɑs the determining factor individuals success іs tһе pⅼace wһere muсһ energy we’ve got open tо
    acomplish tһаt whicһ yoᥙ desire. Otһеr factors
    – Ⲟther factors mɑy gіve rise to neurological disease а result of diabetes, including:* Glycate protein.

  14. a

    Hello, its good paragraph regarding media print, we all know media is a wonderful source of data.

  15. Ludie

    Residência Médica na especialidade com atuação. http://softwarelibremx.blogspot.com/2006/11/

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *