Social media platforms provide potential opportunities for individuals to connect to support or treatment they need. For instance, social media posts that convey messages of despair or a pattern of increasing hopelessness over a period of time could spur outreach from peers, who in turn can help connect a friend or teammate to commanders and professionals. http://www.dodlive.mil/index.php/2017/01/social-media-offers-tools-to-improve-mental-health-reduce-suicide/

But what they're most worried about is social media causing depression to develop, or exacerbating a person's mental state, worsening it every time they log back in. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, depression isn't characterized by fleeting feelings of anxiety or sadness. http://www.forbes.com/sites/amitchowdhry/2016/04/30/study-links-heavy-facebook-and-social-media-usage-to-depression/#7c5bca4a7e4b

A recent study found that people who use anywhere from seven to 10 social-media platforms are three times more likely to be depressed or anxious, compared to those using no more than two http://nypost.com/2016/12/22/your-social-media-addiction-is-giving-you-depression/

Do social groups really increase the risk of depression?

  • The dodlive link appears the suggest that social media can help depressed people and the WSJ article is behind a pay wall, does that article make the claim that social groups increase risk of depression?
    – JonK
    Jan 26, 2017 at 15:15
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    You are presenting two arguments (pro and con) of a large discussion. That is not what this website is for, it's for proving/disproving notable claims. Can you edit your question that way?
    – user22865
    Jan 26, 2017 at 15:15
  • I changed the wsj link to a non pay one that concludes that use social media very frequently have 2.7 times the likelihood of depression Jan 26, 2017 at 15:39
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    Note that the Pittsburgh study (Primack et al) only found an association between social media and depression. It does not claim to have shown causation. The Post's headline "Your social media addiction is giving you depression" does suggest causation but that is not supported by the study. Jan 26, 2017 at 16:40
  • Is why I post it here, I have a friend with disabilities who runs an online social network that acts as a virtual community. Her members lives seem enriched by multiple social media outlets, not diminished. I would love other supporting studies of how online groups are either neutral or positive on mental health issues and mood Jan 26, 2017 at 16:44


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