Do you have a teen who seems constantly glued to Facebook? You are not alone. Statistics show us this is one of the most popular social networks for teens and for years it held the number 1 spot. While Facebook has seen its fair share of controversy over the years, one you might not be aware of is what the American Academy of Pediatrics calls “Facebook Depression”.
In the report, Facebook Depression is defined as “depression that develops when preteens and teens spend a great deal of time on social media sites, such as Facebook, and then begin to exhibit classic symptoms of depression.”
It goes on to explain that this occurs because teens will often see a skewed version of reality when viewing other people on Facebook. Basically, we see only the good stuff and it seems like everyone else is living the great life. It’s a filtered view of reality and this causes many teens to become depressed.
Here are some signs Facebook might be making your teen depressed:
- Unexplained anger
- More irritable than usual
- Frequent crying
Now that you know that Facebook depression is a thing and you know what some of the signs are, you are better equipped to look for signs in your own children.