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Experts say the “Facebook effect” makes Facebook addicts depressed

Doctors say people who compare their own lives to what they see others doing on Facebook can begin to feel depressed. Doctors say people who compare their own lives to what they see others doing on Facebook can begin to feel depressed.
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Doctors say people who compare their own lives to what they see others doing on Facebook can begin to feel depressed.

“People don't, generally, post negative pictures,” Psychologist Dr. David Van Pelt said. “They post about their vacations, leisure activities, accomplishments, weddings, graduations, things like that and then people will start to compare that to their own lives and say 'look at what all these other people are doing.’"

Dr. Van Pelt says it’s not about the amount of time you spend on Facebook, but how being on Facebook makes you feel.

“It’s the purpose of what it’s used for rather than the use itself,’ Van Pelt said.

Janice Corzine says she is on Facebook for 90 percent of her day. She says being on Facebook makes her feel happy.

"I like to see things that people post. I comment on a lot of them and I share a lot of things too,” Corzine said.

Dr. Van Pelt says too much time on Facebook can have the opposite effect on others.

“It becomes more of an addictive quality when it is used to compensate in a negative way for feelings of distress,” Dr. Van Pelt said.

Van Pelt says when you’re on Facebook, focus on the good in your own life.

"[Focus] on the positive things that are going on in their lives and their ability to change too,” Van Pelt said.

He says interacting with people face-to-face, instead of Facebook-to-Facebook can also help combat the “Facebook effect.”

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