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J Adolesc Health. 2013 Jan;52(1):128-30. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2012.05.008. Epub 2012 Jul 7.

"Facebook depression?" social networking site use and depression in older adolescents.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI 53705, USA. lajelenchick@pediatrics.wisc.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To evaluate the association between social networking site (SNS) use and depression in older adolescents using an experience sample method (ESM) approach.

METHODS:

Older adolescent university students completed an online survey containing the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 depression screen (PHQ) and a week-long ESM data collection period to assess SNS use.

RESULTS:

Participants (N = 190) included in the study were 58% female and 91% Caucasian. The mean age was 18.9 years (standard deviation = .8). Most used SNSs for either <30 minutes (n = 100, 53%) or between 30 minutes and 2 hours (n = 74, 39%); a minority of participants reported daily use of SNS >2 hours (n = 16, 8%). The mean PHQ score was 5.4 (standard deviation = 4.2). No associations were seen between SNS use and either any depression (p = .519) or moderate to severe depression (p = .470).

CONCLUSIONS:

We did not find evidence supporting a relationship between SNS use and clinical depression. Counseling patients or parents regarding the risk of "Facebook Depression" may be premature.

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