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Facebook Could Lead to Anxiety But Not Depression

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“If you find yourself out with friends and having to update your status constantly or Tweeting your location, I would suggest you get rid of the Internet service on your cell phone,” Nasr said.

"Be present with the friends you are with. They deserve your attention as well.”

Sources:

School of Medicine and Public Health – University of Wisconsin-Madison. Facebook Use Does Not Lead to Depression, According to New Study. Web. July 17, 2012.
http://www.med.wisc.edu/news-events/facebook-use-does-not-lead-to-depression-according-to-new-study/38208

Anxiety UK. Anxiety UK study finds technology can increase anxiety. Web. July 17, 2012.
http://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/2012/07/for-some-with-anxiety-technology-can-increase-anxiety

Sarkis, Stephanie. Email interview. July 16, 2012.
http://www.stephaniesarkis.com

Nasr, Joumana. Email interview. July 16, 2012.
http://www.preciousvictories.com

Reviewed July 17, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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