Study Finds Constantly Checking Facebook Can Lead to Depression

A  new study has determined that constantly checking social media can lead to envy and depression.

It's no secret that we often compare ourselves to our friends. But a recent study led by researchers at the University of Missouri Columbia, Bradley University and Nanyang Technological University have discovered this constant comparison can be detrimental to your health. 

“If Facebook is used to see how well an acquaintance is doing financially or how happy an old friend is in his relationship — things that cause envy among users — use of the site can lead to feelings of depression,” said one professor. 

On the other hand, studies have also shown that exercise is a great way to alleviate depression. So the next time you're feeling bad about staying in on a Friday night, a brisk walk around the block might be just what you need to stave off feelings of depression.

Posted on March 3, 2015 .