In an online survey, the Center on Media and Child Health correlated the use of Facebook among college students, their feelings of envy and depression.
The study included 736 college students (68% female) enrolled in introductory journalism courses. Their mean age was 19 years,
The study found that heavy Facebook users were significantly more likely to experience symptoms of depression. Apparently, envy was the mediating factor. Users who did not feel envy when using Facebook were less likely to experience depression.
Ironically, a separate study by the Pew Foundation found that more than 80% of people on social networking sites exaggerate their profiles or outright lie.
My take: Perhaps if the budding journalists were aware of that, many would be less depressed. The congenitally honest seem to put themselves not only at a disadvantage, but at higher risk as well.