Few times back, it was warned by the American Academy of Pediatrics that more of Facebook exposure can result into depression for adolescents and teenagers. But in a recent study carried out at the University of Wisconsin, it has been found that this social site usage has no links with the mental status of an individual. In no times, it can increase the risk of depression.
Lauren Jelenchick and Dr. Megan Moreno are the minds behind this study. They surveyed 190 students of University of Wisconsin-Madison, all aged between 18 and 23 years. Each single student from this lot was screened for depression. Following the screening test, they were asked to go online to find answers to certain questions and were also asked to note down the number of minutes they had been online and what all activities they did during that time.
As a result, it was found that more than half of the participants used social networking sites for less than 30 minutes during the week. Besides, 38% used Facebook for more than half an hour but it do not exceed two hours time. And only 8% students were there on Facebook for more than 2 hours.
None of them came out to be depressed, which clearly proves that no matter to what extent children are exposed to Facebook; their mental health is not affected at all.