I found an article from a Chicago newspaper talking about Facebook and the depression that occurs or worsens in young adults, especially teenagers. There were some interesting quotes, one of the major concerns is whether the site worsens children who already have obessive personality problems. Dr. Gwenn O’Keefe, a Boston pediatrician states, “With in-your-face friends’ tallies, status updates and photos of happy-looking people having great times, Facebook pages can make some kids feel worse.”  Pediatricians have been encouraged to tell parents to be aware of their children’s interaction with Facebook and to certainly be aware of the cyberbullying that can occur as in the case of the 15-year old who killed herself last year. The Academy of Pediatricians note that online harassment can”cause profound psychological outcomes,” including suicide. For an otherwise heatlthy individual, Facebook is a great way increasing social connectedness. I thought that was an interesting article about a site that has become so incredibly popular!!

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