Monday, March 28, 2011

Doctors warn of depression risk for teens using Facebook

A group of doctors recently pointed out that social media such as Facebook carry particular risks for young people, especially if they already suffer from low self-esteem. That last point is particularly important. In the words of Dr. Megan Moreno -- as quoted in Lindsey Tanner's Associated Press article, "Docs warn about Facebook use and teen depression" -- it is not being suggested that Facebook "somehow infect(s) (our) kids with depression." Still, there are some unique risks that come with it -- and we're not only talking about cyber-bullying. Status updates and Facebook "walls" can sometimes cause major problems for young people who are either put down by or compare themselves unfavorably against their peers. Click here to read the full article, which was published on Yahoo! News this morning at 6:45 a.m. ET.

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