Two interesting articles popped up the same day, even though they were published in different months. And they may have an interesting link.
One looks at how, and why, depressed participants ‘choose sadness‘ across studies more often than the control participants, even though it makes them more sad.
The other is a study shows a link between Facebook use and depressive symptoms. The connection between more time on Facebook and more depressive symptoms was made through comparing oneself to others.
Is there a link between research showing depression leads to choosing sadness and the choice to spend more time on Facebook? To be clear, using Facebook was not the cause of increased depressive symptoms. But maybe the first article explains why Facebook users who are experiencing depression keep going back even when it makes them feel sad.
Are we ‘choosing sadness’ when we spend a lot of time on Facebook?
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