Social Networking Sites Make Teenage Girls Anxious and Depressed


I can't say I spend a ton of time on social networking sites (I know, go figure, right?), but I can only imagine how many hours teenagers spend on their Facebook and MySpace pages. Well researchers from Stony Brook University have come to the conclusion that teenage girls who like chatting with their friends about their problems (through IM, email, SMS, and social networking sites), are more prone to anxiety and depression.

After examining 83 13-year-old girls, the researchers noticed that the girls became more depressed when they constantly rehashed negative emotional experiences over and over. And what about the torment and teasing that can happen online as well? Remember the story about Megan Meier, who killed herself after being tormented by a group of people? Not only do the girls relive their emotional turmoil by sharing their stories with multiple friends online, but they open the door to bullying and more.

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