28 Mar '11, 9pm

Warning: Do you have 'Facebook depression'?

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. Dr Gwenn O'Keeffe, a Boston-area paediatrician and lead author of new American Academy of Paediatrics social media guidelines, said Facebook pages - with friends' tallies, status updates and photos of happy-looking people - can make some children feel even worse if they think they do not measure up. It can be more painful than sitting alone in a crowded school cafeteria or other real-life encounters, that can make children feel down, Dr O'Keeffe said, because Facebook provides a skewed view of what is really going on. The guidelines, which were published online yesterday in Paediatrics, urge paediatricians to encourage parents to talk with their children about online use and t...

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