28 Mar '11, 6am

Docs warn about Facebook use and teen depression: CHICAGO - ADD 'Facebook depression' to potential harms linked

Docs warn about Facebook use and teen depression: CHICAGO - ADD 'Facebook depression' to potential harms linked

With in-your-face friends' tallies, status updates and photos of happy-looking people having great times, Facebook pages can make some kids feel even worse if they think they don't measure up. -- PHOTO: AFP CHICAGO - ADD 'Facebook depression' to potential harms linked with social media, an influential doctors' group warns, referring to a condition it says may affect troubled teens who obsess over the online site. Researchers disagree on whether it's simply an extension of depression some kids feel in other circumstances, or a distinct condition linked with using the online site. But there are unique aspects of Facebook that can make it a particularly tough social landscape to navigate for kids already dealing with poor self-esteem, said Dr Gwenn O'Keeffe, a Boston-area pediatrician and lead author of new American Academy of Pediatrics social media guidelines. With in-your-...

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