Facebook has become very popular in recent years. Many people have a Facebook account and you can find people on Facebook that you haven’t spoken to in years. People post pictures daily and write about their lives openly on this social media site.
Going on Facebook may be a way to connect with people online, however, it may also have it’s drawbacks. For a person who is prone to depression, or who does not have much going on their lives, going on Facebook may actually cause a person to feel depressed.
A lot of comparison can go on when a person sees what other people have that they do not have. People post pictures and details of trips and vacations, brand new homes, their significant other with whom they have a great relationship with, and their careers. A person who does not have these great accomplishments or who aren’t able to afford trips and vacations, may start feeling inadequate and down about their own lives.
It is always a good trait to be happy for others and their lives, however, for some people, going on Facebook may seem like a competition. A person may end up feeling like they have to compete with their peers on their accomplishments in life. This may eventually cause a person to feel depressed. Especially if a person is using Facebook daily and is constantly reading posts of people who are flaunting their happy lives.
Some people who post pictures or comments and do not receive enough positive feedback, may end up feeling a blow to their self esteem. Also, since a person is writing a post for a good number of people to see, there may be some negative reactions to what is written. Negative feedback or no feedback at all, may also cause people to feel down about themselves.
Another way that Facebook may cause depression is if a person becomes absorbed with it so much that it affects their life in a significant way. They may feel that they are missing out on something if they aren’t always reading up on their Facebook friends’ news. It could get to the point where a person becomes obsessed with Facebook and chooses to use Facebook as their source of communication with others. This may lead to isolation which in turn may lead to depression.
Could Facebook cause depression? While Facebook may be a nice way to keep in touch with people, I would say that it may cause depression in some. If you feel yourself slipping into a depressed mood when you go on Facebook, try limiting your time on there. Give it a break or give it up totally.